The National Low Income Housing Coalition released updated Congressional District Profiles on March 21. The profiles, updated to include newly available data, provide advocates with a snapshot of the housing needs in each congressional district and state.
The most recent update revamps the profiles by pulling from several new data sources. First, the profiles highlight the number of subsidized Section 8 units in each Congressional District from December 2010 HUD data. The updated profiles also include new 2009 data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which was released last fall. These data include the number of households lacking plumbing and crowding in each Congressional District. In addition, NLIHC updated the section on the proportion of renters with high housing cost burdens, by income.
At the state level, the profiles provide new figures on the deficit of affordable housing units available to extremely low income and very low income households by congressional district from the 2009 ACS. State level data on the share of severely cost burdened residents by income were also updated.
The new profiles make evident the disproportionate effect of housing cost burden on extremely low income households. For example, in California’s 48th District near Los Angeles, 95% of all renters earning below $20,000 face a cost burden, while 50% of all households, including both owners and renters, face a similar burden. Statewide, extremely low income households compose 58% of all severely cost burdened households. There are only 22 units of affordable housing available for every 100 extremely low income households in California.
The Profiles will be updated in the late spring with new data from Out of Reach 2011.The new Profiles can be viewed on NLIHC’s website at: http://www.nlihc.org/detail/article.cfm?article_id=3810&id=61