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Affordable housing in the suburbs? It’s vital.

Let’s drop the racism and nimbyism about affordable housing and talk FACTS.

  • Who lives in these homes? Nurses, electricians, teachers, grocery clerks, bus drivers, mechanics, child care workers, delivery drivers…essential workers, all.
  • Affordable housing also serves people facing economic challenges, including frail seniors on fixed incomes, homeless veterans, unemployed families and the disabled. In the largest 100 metro areas, nearly 60 percent of people who are poor live in the suburbs.
  • The number of suburban residents living below the poverty line grew by 57 percent between 2000 and 2015—the year AFFH was enacted to spur more affordable housing development in under-served communities.
  • Nationally, affordable housing is a vital economic resource that creates jobs, increases consumer spending, attracts employers and expands the local tax base. The data is clear: affordable housing development grows local income.
  • There is no county in the country—not one—that has enough affordable housing to meet the needs of all its residents. In the richest country in the world, millions of people can’t find safe, decent housing within their means.
  • U.S. economic output fell 9.5 percent in the 2nd quarter. More than 40 million people have had their jobs upended since the spring. Now is the time to support efforts that stimulate economic activity AND meet the needs of millions of Americans.
  • Whatever your politics, there is no denying that Americans in every part of our country need more affordable housing, including the suburbs. It should be a federal priority.