NLIHC was founded on the principle that data-driven advocacy works. Our ongoing research, as well as analysis of major new studies, makes clear the need for housing for America’s lowest income people.

Every year, we release our signature research publications--Out of Reach and The Gap. Out of Reach reports on the mismatch between what workers can afford and the market rents they must pay in every community in the United States. The Gap documents the gap between the number of renter households and rental units that are affordable and available to them, as well as housing cost burdens, by income groupings in every state and the largest 50 metropolitan areas.

Our research team also produces the Congressional District Profiles, which empower policy advocates with specialized data from their own communities. We produce specialized analyses of current issues, like foreclosure, disaster housing, and the affordability gap. NLIHC’s Housing Spotlight series provides a snapshot analysis of key housing data from the federal government and other sources as it is made available to the public.

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

December 23, 2019

American Community Survey 2014-2018 5-Year Estimates Released

The U.S. Census Bureau released new 5-year estimates from the 2014­-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) on December 19. The ACS is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely social, economic, housing, and demographic data every year. Each month a sample of houses…