A record number of renters are spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on rent, which is a ratio that economists consider financially burdensome, according to a report released this week by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies titled, “America’s Rental Housing: Expanding Options for Diverse and Growing Demand.”
Making sense of the story
- More than 21 million households are burdened by how much they pay in rent, up from fewer than 15 million in 2001.
Nearly half of renters are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent, the report says. While that is a slight improvement from 2011, it remains above where it has been for most of the last 13 years