Extremely low-income households, those that earn 30% of the Median
Family Income, have a difficult time finding an affordable place to live in
every community. According to the Urban Institute, that challenge is even
greater for households in this community. The Institute looked at the 100
most populous counties in the U.S. to compare the number of extremely low-income
households to the number of rental units affordable for these households.
Travis County ranked 5th worst among the 100 counties. The study found
there are only 13 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely
low-income renters in Travis County.
Households in Suffolk County, the "best" county on the list, still face
a sizable housing gap. Suffolk, which is home to Boston, has only 50 units
of affordable and available for every 100 extremely low-income households.