According to HUD’s 2017 Worst Case Housing Needs report, the number of low-income unsubsidized families struggling to pay their rent and possibly living in substandard housing increased between 2013 and 2015. In 2015, 8.3 million very low-income unassisted families paid more than half their monthly income on rent, lived in severely substandard housing or both, representing the second-highest number of households recorded. For the first time in this long-standing research series, HUD reported estimates of worst case housing needs for select metropolitan areas across the country. HUD will measure the housing needs of the largest 15 metropolitan areas every two years and measure 10 metropolitan areas that represent a subset of the 16th to 50th largest metropolitan areas on a rotating basis every four years.
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