Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6:03 a.m.
It turns out Los Angeles’ housing crisis is America’s housing crisis.
Many of the factors that have been wreaking havoc for Angelenos have been at play from coast to coast. A federal report released this week concludes that the number of people in the United States struggling to pay rent increased by 8 million between 2005 and 2015.
Of course, Greater L.A. helped lead the way among the nation’s 15 largest metro areas. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Worse-Case Housing Needs” report to Congress found that 1.4 million households here, about one in three, was considered “very low income.” Only New York, with 1.8 million, had more. More than half of those low-income households in Los Angeles and Orange counties, 567,000, are “worst-case housing needs” homes.
“Worst-case housing needs are defined as renters with very low incomes (below half the median in their area) who do not receive government housing assistance and who either paid more than half their monthly incomes for rent, lived in severely substandard conditions, or both,” according to a HUD statement..
Again, only Greater New York (815,000) had more of these kinds of households. “Reflecting particularly severe local conditions, more than one-half of the very low-income renters residing in and around Miami, Riverside, Phoenix and Los Angeles experienced worst-case needs in 2015,” according to the report.
The HUD data is consistent with a report in May that concluded Los Angeles needs an additional 551,807 affordable units to meet the needs of families at the bottom economic rung. Earlier this…
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