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Report: Jobs That Don't Pay the Rent

Source: Make Room USA

Make Room USA published the data of low paying jobs held by 20 million rent-stressed U.S. workers. The report looks at hours worked, types of jobs and why not being able to afford rent affects the nation as a whole.
Why It's Important  • Workers who struggle to pay rent have jobs that are essential for local economies to function. They should be able to live near or where they work. Many rent-burdened workers in such occupations as food service, transportation, and personal care depend on tipping and inconsistent wages for some portion of their income. A bad night for a food server or a slow season for a taxicab driver or construction worker can cause dangerous fluctuation in the amount of money available for rent and living expenses, especially for low-income workers. When renters must pay such a large share of their income on rent, they are often forced to choose between paying their rent and paying for groceries, medicine, childcare and other essentials. More...


Why Every City Needs Workforce Housing

Source: National Real Estate Investor

Workforce housing is a topic that is receiving much greater attention today among officials at all levels of government and the real estate community, as well as those concerned with housing policy and affordability. It is a complex problem as it is both a housing supply problem as well as an affordability problem due to the fact that incomes of moderate and middle income households have essentially been stagnant for the last 20 years or so. Workforce housing generally serves families and households making greater than 60 percent of area median income (AMI) and up to 120-150 percent of AMI in the country’s highest cost metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and New York City. While there are subsidies available for households earning less than 60 percent of AMI (although the demand for subsidy far exceeds availability), there are few, if any, subsidies available for those earning above that level. Therefore, the combination of stagnant wages and rents that have increased significantly has created acute housing affordability issues for many people. More...


Rapid Re-Housing for Homeless Families Demonstration Program Evaluation Reports

Source: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Rapid re-housing is an intervention to address homelessness that includes three core components: 1) housing identification, 2) move-in and short-term rental assistance, and 3) rapid re-housing case management and services. In 2009, HUD awarded grants to 23 communities to implement the Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Demonstration (RRHD) program. Researchers carried out a Congressionally-mandated evaluation of the demonstration program between 2011-2014. The basic research question underpinning the evaluation was whether rapid re-housing was an effective intervention for families with moderate barriers to housing stability, with effectiveness defined primarily as whether families avoid homelessness and maintain stable housing during the 12 months following program exit.   More...


South Florida Cities Among Worst for Affordable Housing, Study Finds

Source: Sun Sentinel

Residents in six South Florida cities face some of the toughest housing burdens in the country, a new report shows. Miami ranks fourth nationwide on a list of the most cost-burdened communities, with 19.34 percent of residents spending at least half of their monthly incomes on rent or mortgage payments, according to, a personal finance website. Pembroke Pines was sixth with 18.84 percent of residents spending half or more of their wages on housing. Fort Lauderdale (10th at 17.91 percent), Hialeah (11th, 17.79 percent), Hollywood (14th, 16.89 percent) and Pompano Beach (41st, 13.54 percent) were the other local cities on the list. More...



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