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Images from The Gap 2023

Individual graphics are available below or download all the graphics in English and Spanish (coming soon) (Google Drive).

Figure 1

Renters and Rental Units in the U.S.

Chart of renters and rental units in the U.S., matched by income and affordability categories. Renters with extremely low incomes face an absolute shortage of affordable rental homes.

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Figure 2

Number of extremely low-income households by rental affordability level (in millions)

Most Extremely Low-income Renters Reside in Unaffordable Housing that Would Otherwise be Affordable and Available for Higher-income Households

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Figure 3

Affordable and Available Rental Homes per 100 Renter Households

Chart showing affordable and available rental homes per 100 renter households at extremely low income, 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), 80% of AMI, and 100% of AMI.

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Figure 4

Incremental change to surplus (deficit) of affordable and available rental homes.

The Most Severe Shortage of Affordable and Available Housing is for Extremely Low-Income Renters

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Incremental Changes to the Shortage of Affordable and Available Housing by Income Level

Extremely low-income renters account for most of the shortage of affordable and available rental homes.

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Figure 5

Housing Cost Burdens by Income

Renters with extremely low incomes are much more likely than other renters to be severely housing cost-burdened.

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Figure 6

Severely Housing Cost-Burdened Renters

Renters with extremely low incomes account for most severely cost-burdened renters in the U.S.

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Figure 7

Who are Extremely Low-Income Renters?

Forty-eight percent of extremely low-income renter households are seniors or people with disabilities and another 36% are in the labor force.

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Figure 8

Share of Households by Tenure and Race

Black, Latino, and American Indian and Alaska Native households are more likely than white households to be renters with extremely low incomes.

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Figure 9

Renter Household Cost Burdens by Race and Ethnicity

Renter households of color are more likely to be housing cost-burdened or severely housing cost-burdened than white renter households.

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Figure 10

Affordable and Available Rental Homes

Map showing the number of affordable and available rental homes for every 100 extremely low-income renter households by state. No state has an adequate supply.

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Figure 11

HUD Assistance and Housing Cost Burdens

Metro areas with a greater share of rental housing that is HUD-assisted have a lower share of extremely low-income renters who are severely cost-burdened.

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Figure 12

Annual Appropriations for Key HUD Programs Relative to FY 2010

Increases to HUD’s appropriations in recent years have not entirely made up for the cuts experienced by HUD during the first years of budget caps under the “Budget Control Act of 2011”.

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