Research Report Housing as a Safety Net
Ensuring Housing Security for the Most Vulnerable
Martha M. Galvez, Maya Brennan, Brady Meixell, Rolf Pendall
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Our existing housing system fails to provide our nation’s most vulnerable households access to safe, affordable, stable housing. Instead, millions of low-income households pay large portions of their income on rent or live in substandard conditions—triggering chronic economic instability that at best undermines economic security and well-being, and at worst pulls low-income families deeper into poverty. This report examines the current housing landscape specifically for extremely low–income families and offers options for improving housing stability for this population, recognizing that secure housing is a cornerstone of economic well-being.
Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net Housing
Tags Families with low incomes Poverty Housing vouchers and mobility Homelessness Housing affordability Housing subsidies Inequality and mobility Public and assisted housing
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center