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Out of Reach: The Gap Between Housing Costs and Income of Poor People in the United States
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Many people know that millions of households in the United States cannot afford to pay for decent housing. Far fewer people know the extent of the affordability problem in their own communities. The National Low Income Housing Coalition produces Out of Reach in an effort to provide this information to policy makers and advocates. Out of Reach contains income and rental housing cost data for the fifty states and District of Columbia by state, metropolitan area, and county or, in the case of New England, town. For each, it calculates the income that renter households need in order to afford rental housing and estimates how many of these households cannot afford to pay the Fair Market Rent (FMR), and what they would need to earn to pay the rent and keep their housing costs at 30 percent of their income, the generally accepted standard for affordability established by Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Author)
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1999
Washington, D.C.