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Supply Of Affordable Housing For Poorest Renters Shrinks In Bexar County


Urban Institute's visualization of rental housing availability for extremely low income households. - SCREENSHOT FROM URBAN INSTITUTE
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  • Urban Institute's visualization of rental housing availability for extremely low income households.

The supply of affordable housing for Bexar County’s poorest renters is shrinking, according to newly-released data from Urban Institute.

It’s not just the San Antonio area, though. It’s a nationwide trend that Urban Institute explores in this visualization, using data they culled from sources such as the the American Community Survey and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Urban Institute explains the problem this way:

“Since 2000, rents have risen while the number of renters who need low-priced housing has increased. These two pressures make finding affordable housing even tougher for very poor households in America.”

To illustrate the problem, Urban Institute researched the number of rental units available to extremely low income households, which they define as a household that makes less than 30 percent of a county’s median annual income.

So in 2013, any Bexar County household of four that made $18,400 or less qualified as extremely low income. Nearly 60,000 households qualified under this standard.

Like most counties nationwide, the supply of affordable rental housing for extremely low income households in Bexar County has dropped since 2000. But the problem is actually worse in other major Texas counties.

Here’s a chart showing trends for some of Texas’ high-population counties, using the CityLab data:


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