Monthly Archives: May 2017

Mapping American’s Rental Housing Crisis

The Urban Institute has published an interactive map that compares affordable housing data across the United States, displaying the affordable rental housing gap and tracking federal assistance for extremely low-income (ELI) renter households by county. America is currently in the middle of an affordable housing crisis, with rents having risen steadily since 2000, while the number of renters needing affordable housing has increased, creating critical challenges for the nation’s low-income households to try to find affordable housing.

In Snohomish County, there are only 40 units of housing for every 100 ELI households.  In total, there are 9,005 units for ELI households.  In the year 2000, there were 49 units per 100 ELI households, with 6,393 units total.  This shows that efforts to build affordable housing for ELI households is working – but growing need continues to outpace increases in supply.

NHLIC’s Analysis of Federal FY2017 Spending Package

The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently published an analysis of the FY2017 spending package moving through Congress this week.  The analysis looks at issues related to housing and homelessness that receive dollars from federal funds.  Of particular interest would be any changes to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs.  In 2016, these two programs combined to bring $5.5 million to Snohomish County, earmarked for affordable housing development/retention, as well as general community revitalization.  Both the CDBG and HOME programs received the same funding they did in FY2016.  Considering both programs were said to be at risk of being totally defunded at the beginning of the year, maintaining status quo funding is a win for affordable housing and Snohomish County.

Read the NHLIC’s full report here, and view a budget comparison here.