The National Low Income Housing Coalition released updated Congressional District Profiles on June 17th. The profiles, updated to include Out of Reach 2011 data, provide advocates with a snapshot of the housing needs in each congressional district and state.
Each district’s profile includes Out of Reach 2011 data for the Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas partially or entirely included within its borders. Along with the 2011 Housing Wage, the hourly wage one must earn to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment, the profiles include HUD’s latest 2011 area median income (AMI) estimates, the state minimum wage, and calculations of affordable rents and hours of work needed to afford the FMR at various income levels.
Reflecting changes in Out of Reach this year, the number of renter households in each district is based on data from the 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) instead of on the 2000 Census as was the case in recent years.
The Congressional District Profiles are updated throughout the year as new data are released.
The new Profiles can be viewed on NLIHC’s website at: http://www.nlihc.org/library/other/congressional