Thanks to the state’s deep commitment to affordable housing, Suffolk is the top-performing large American county when it comes to providing housing for extremely low-income families. Another four Massachusetts counties place in the top 10 large counties with the smallest affordable housing gaps.
Suffolk was able to provide affordable and adequate housing for nearly 51 percent of its 74,262 extremely low-income families in 2013. This share is almost double the national average, and it’s nearly 3 percentage points better than the county was able to perform in 2000....
“We’ve got big-city economic pressures,” Adler told the audience. “If our artists, service workers, teachers, and longtime residents can’t afford to live here, we can’t be the Austin we’ve always intended to be. We have to make housing affordable for families at all income levels and at all stages of life.”
Indeed, Travis County, where Austin is seated, was able to provide housing for only 15 percent of its 48,057 extremely low-income renters in 2013—a rate 10 percentage points lower than the national average.
What’s more, an independent evaluator contracted by Austin released a report in 2014 showing the city needs at least 48,000 rental units dedicated to extremely low-income residents.