National Renters' Survey

Much of what is known about renters in the U.S. comes from national datasets like the American Housing Survey, Census Household Pulse Survey, and American Community Survey. While these resources provide considerable detail on topics like rental housing quality, rent costs, and renter demographics, they include only limited information on renters’ experiences and opinions. A reliable, nationally representative source of quantitative data on the common barriers renters face to remaining safely and stably housed in their communities of choice would be an invaluable resource for informing advocacy efforts and identifying effective policy interventions.

Over the next two years, NLIHC will address this information gap by conducting a nationally representative survey of renters. The primary goal of this survey is to supplement existing data sources by gathering new, actionable data to inform our advocacy on federal policies that affect renters. Throughout the survey period, updates on our progress will be posted here.

Request for Proposals – Survey Research Partner

NLIHC is seeking a research firm, consultant, or academic institution with the experience and expertise to collaborate with our research team on activities including but not limited to:

  • Determining the appropriate sample size, sample frame, and weighting strategy for the survey.
  • Validating and/or conducting cognitive testing on the survey instrument.
  • Administering the survey instrument to a nationally representative sample of renters.
  • Providing the final survey dataset(s) to NLIHC.

All proposals and required documents must be submitted to Sarah Abdelhadi ([email protected]) no later than 5 pm ET on Friday, April 19. Questions about the RFP should be submitted to Sarah by Wednesday, April 10. We will update the link below with responses to submitted questions as they are received.


Please reach out to Sarah Abdelhadi at [email protected].