Paying more than 30% of family income on housing is considered a burden. The current housing problem affecting the majority of households with children is rent burden. Rent burden increases material hardship and family stress. But just how those problems affect children is still unclear. This brief pulls together the current housing affordability/child well-being research and presents recommendations for policy changes that could help families and communities thrive. 

November 1, 2012

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The theories associated with rent burden, housing affordability and child well-being.

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    The difference between public and Section 8 housing.

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    The 3 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to create affordable housing.

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    How housing subsidies may affect child well-being.

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    How to improve current housing assistance programs.

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    Why more research is needed.

Key Takeaway

Nearly 80% of low-income families with children spend more than 30% of their income on rent.

 Rates of rent burden among rental households with children are about the same across every region of the United States.

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