May 30, 2010

HUD Releases 2007 “Worst Case Housing Needs” Report to Congress

In 2007, (before the economic collapse) nearly 13 million low-income persons paid more than half their monthly income for rent, lived in severely substandard housing, or both. In a report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that these "worst case housing needs" grew significantly between 2001 and 2007.

.. Based on data from the American Housing Survey (AHS) conducted between May and September of 2007, this report does not address much of the economic impact being felt by this population due to the current housing crisis. HUD expects that its next Worst Case Needs report will include those findings. Full Report from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Via DocUticker

Haase Facts for congress memebers who read this blog... Considering 41% of US children – more than 29 million – live in low-income families...Not only are these numbers troubling, the official poverty measure tells only part of the story. And that  1 in 7 in the U.S. know the pains of hunger. Through the USDA's system of distribution in 2008, we provided $72 billion of its $97 billion budget directly to mandatory programs providing services and nutritional programs. 

In 2009 the U.S. You can look at the recent stock market rally yet even a 50+ percent rally is unable to create jobs or stem the economic pain of those at the lower end of the economic spectrum.  Looking at food stamp participation from the United States Department of Agriculture shows us a very disturbing picture.  When we did a report on this in August of 2009 we had 34 million Americans on food stamps.  In the span of one month, the number jumped by over a million.

The raw data shows us that a stunning 12 percent of our entire population is receiving some form of food stamp assistance.