Public Housing Assistance ( Housing And Urban Development Essay

1137 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In 2015, 19 million people in America were in need of public housing assistance (Housing and Urban Development, 2015), over 500,000 people were homeless on any given night, and of those, almost forty percent were people in families (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2015). The Department of Health and Human Services defines housing instability as a reliance on or return to public assistance. This includes individuals struggling to pay rent, those living in homeless shelters, and in unsheltered locations. More people fit within this definition because since 2000, incomes of low-income families have declined, less secure jobs with livable wages are offered, and rent rates have rose (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009).
Many low-income families depend on their minimum wage jobs to afford housing, but a minimum wage job is not enough to afford a house without allocation a majority of their income towards rent. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, only thirty percent of the income should go to housing, but because housing is essential to a decent quality of life, almost fifty percent of all tenants spend over thirty percent of the income to housing (Wight, 2010).
Housing insecurity is inextricably connected to poverty and deep and persistent poverty can lead to long lasting consequences for adults and children. Housing insecurity means that physical and mental health related issues may develop, such as asthma or depression because of…

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