On June 23, HUD released “Picture of Subsidized Households” for 2013, a comprehensive database that allows users to sort and query data on more than five million households living in HUD-subsidized housing. Data can be filtered by geography, program, and an array of variables such as income, average time spent on a waitlist, race/ethnicity, and family composition. Users can also download full data files at various summary levels, including property-level data.
Analysis of the data reveals key characteristics of those living in HUD-funded housing. In 2013, 72% of all public housing households had incomes at or below 30% of area median income (AMI). On average, public housing households had incomes of $13,724, or 25% of AMI. Average household incomes were slightly lower for households with Housing Choice Vouchers ($13,138) and for tenants of project-based Section 8 housing ($12,172). Families with children occupied 48% of voucher-assisted units, 40% of public housing units, and 21% of project-based Section 8 units. Households headed by or with a spouse 62 years of age or older occupied 56% of project-based Section 8 units, 31% of public housing units, and 22% of voucher-assisted units. In each of these housing programs, approximately 20% of residents had a disability.
The database contains a wealth of additional data to explore.
HUD’s “Picture of Subsidized Households” is at: http://bit.ly/184J8vj