Providing affordable housing to low income families has become so severe that in some states, there is no longer a place for poor people to live.
Low income and very low income
The main focus is on very low-income (VLI) households, defined as those that earn less than 50 percent of the area median income. Low-income (LI) is defined as 80 percent of the median family income for the area, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In states such as California and Florida, available housing is already entirely unaffordable to VLI households and is now affecting low-income households - the next bracket up the income ladder.
According to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, between 2001 and 2015, the number of severely burdened tenant households (those paying more than half their income in rent) making less than $15,000 rose from 4.9 million to 6.5 million, and the number of families making between $15,000 and $30,000 with severe rent burdens rose from 2.1 million to 3.5 million.