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Rental markets are softening, but half of U.S. tenants spend more than they can afford, Harvard report finds

“If you go through any sort of life crisis, you’re on the brink of homelessness,” said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, lead author and senior research associate focused on affordable housing at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Half of renters in the U.S. spent more than 30% of their income in 2022 on rent and utilities, according to the new America’s Rental Housing report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


Half of US tenants can’t afford to pay their rent. Here’s what’s ahead

However, median rent is still $309 higher than the same time in 2019, before the pandemic. That’s a 22% increase. And people have been feeling it. In some places, rents aren’t dropping at all. Rent is just increasing at a slower pace. Still, even if rents aren’t dropping like a rock, they aren’t expected to be skyrocketing in the same way this year. This may come as some relief to the 22.4 million households who, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, pay more than a third of their income in rent.


Americans Can't Even Afford Rent

Americans are struggling to pay their rent this month, according to a new report from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Incomes are going up faster than rent. So why is housing still unaffordable?

Renters in the U.S. are spending more of their income on housing than ever before, a new Harvard study shows. What's going on and how can we fix the crisis? Chris Herbert, managing director of Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the group behind the study, and Lizzi Wyant, deputy executive director for Metropolitan Area Planning Council joined Tori Bedford to discuss.


The Supreme Court could soon boost the bipartisan effort to criminalize homelessness

As unsheltered homelessness has boomed, the number of cost-burdened renter households has hit a record high, amounting to 22.4 million in 2022, according to a new report on U.S. rental housing from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Fifty percent of all renter households were also cost-burdened in 2022, a value up 3.2 percent from 2019 and 9 percent from 2001.