NLIHC was founded on the principle that data-driven advocacy works. By conducting ongoing, rigorous, and timely research, we make clear the need to ensure 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 Congressional District Profiles, which empower policy advocates with specialized data from their own communities. We also produce specialized analyses of current issues, like emergency rental assistance, housing recovery after disasters, and the affordability gap.


NLIHC’s The Gap 2024 Now Available in Spanish!

NLIHC has released The Gap: La Escasez de Viviendas Asequibles, a Spanish-language edition of our annual report on the shortage of homes affordable and available to the lowest-income renters. This…

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New Report! “The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes”

NLIHC released on March 14 its annual report The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes. This year’s report finds that the lowest-income renters in the U.S. face a shortage of 7.3 million affordable and available rental homes. As a result, nearly three-quarters of renters with extremely low incomes…

Cuts to Key HUD Programs Have Had Lasting Effects

Note: Adjusted for inflation. Key HUD housing programs include Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Project-Based Rental Assistance, Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds, HOME, Section 202, and Section 811. Source: NLIHC, 2024

Coming Soon: New Issue of Tenant Talk!

NLIHC will release the spring edition of Tenant Talk on April 25. Tenant Talk is a semi-annual publication that engages tenants in housing advocacy and highlights organizing tactics and victories in communities across the country. The upcoming issue will focus on the past, present, and future of…

Now Available: Advocates’ Guide 2024!

NLIHC released on February 29 Advocates’ Guide 2024: A Primer on Federal Affordable Housing & Community Development Programs & Policies. Published annually, the Advocates’ Guide is a comprehensive resource designed for advocates and others involved in affordable housing and community…