New Report Highlights Shortage of Affordable and Available Rental Homes

April 5, 2019 | by Michael Wilt

Categories: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Rental Housing

In March, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released a report that revealed a shortage of seven million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters. 

Extremely low-income households earn 30 percent or below the area median income, and an affordable rent amount is considered no more than 30 percent of household income going towards housing.

The report breaks down its findings by state. Below are a few key points from the data specific to Texas

  • Statewide, there is a shortage of 594,631 affordable units for extremely low-income households. Stated another way, there are only 29 available and affordable units for every 100 of these households.
  • Among large metro areas, San Antonio has 31 affordable units available for every 100 extremely low-income households; Austin has 21; Dallas has 20; and Houston has 19.
  • 89% of extremely low-income households have a cost burden (pay more than 30% of income on housing), and 74% have a severe cost burden (pay more than 50% of their income on housing). 

The report concludes by offering ways to increase housing availability for the lowest-income households. Recommendations include maintaining the national Housing Trust Fund, using Housing Choice Vouchers, improving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, implementing a renters' tax credit for low-income renters, and preserving the existing supply of affordable homes.

TSAHC and Housing for Extremely Low-Income Households

Late last year, TSAHC's Board of Directors committed $995,000 to the construction of the AHA! at Briarcliff apartments in Central East Austin. Our financial commitment was made possible thanks to investments from Austin Community Foundation's FundATX and Texas Capital Bank. The development will include 11 units for extremely low-income households.

Additionally, TSAHC and LISC San Antonio are co-hosting a series of trainings for nonprofit developers, service providers and others interested in developing and implementing a successful Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program.

Rental units at PSH developments are primarily for extremely low-income households. The first PSH training took place in Austin on March 25th, and there are plans to take the training around the state later in the year. Stay tuned for details.

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Laura Ross

For more information on the programs provided by TSAHC, please contact our Development Finance department at 512-477-3562.

Laura Ross

Hi Antonio, the data provided in this blog post comes from a report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). To read the full report, go to:

Antonio Saran

Interesting statistics. Is this accurate data?

Edmond Richland

Unfortunately, these data are close to reality and many families rely on you and your help.
I would like more people interested in similar problems.
How can we, ordinary citizens help you?

Shelly Joseph

I am single mom who makes a good living and had to rent an apartment for about a year.  I was ASTOUNDED by the how much it cost to rent a 2 bedroom apartment it was more than a home mortgage.  I am now in my own home..  But I as a normal citizen would like to give others the chance to rent/buy a home how do I do that…

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