This report provides an overview of federal rental assistance programs, key data on who is served by these programs, and the housing policy challenges at the local, state and federal levels as of 2008.
A Policy Primer
What types of federal housing assistance exist.
How housing assistance works.
What policy changes are needed.
Who is served, or not, by the current assistance program.
By 2005, 23% of U.S. renters were paying more than half their monthly income in rent; 22% paid 30% to 50% of their income toward rent.
Fewer than one-third of the 18 million households eligible for, and in need of, housing assistance actually receive it.
46% of public housing residents are African American, 29% are white and 23% Hispanic. In privately owned subsidized units, 50% of residents are white, while 33% are African American.