NLIHC seeks to ensure that rents are affordable to each household and federal data accurately reflect housing costs.

NLIHC supports:

  • Including housing cost considerations in the federal poverty level.
  • Timely and accurate data on Fair Market Rents and income limits.
  • Long-term affordability and use restrictions.
  • Perpetual affordability policies, such as those in shared equity and community land trust models.

NLIHC opposes restricting affordability considerations to only those that include both housing and transportation costs.

For more information on this issue, contact Dan Emmanuel, Research Analyst, at or 202.662.1530 x316 Members of the media should contact Renee Willis, Vice President for Field and Communications, at 202.662.1530 x247 or

Definition of Affordability and Income Resources