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Poverty and Housing

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Low Income Housing Needs

The most recent Congressional District Housing Profile issued by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) reveals that renter households make up 27% of all Delaware households.

Severe Cost Burden

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Of the 94,032 renter households in Delaware, 26,701 are severely cost-burdened, spending more than 50% of their income for housing.

Of the severely cost-burdened renter households:

  • 94% (25,081) have very low incomes, below 50% of area median income (AMI)
  • 68% (18,063) have extremely low incomes, below 30% of area median income (AMI)

Extremely Low-Income

There are 23,577 extremely low-income renter households in Delaware.

  • 77% (18,063) of extremely low-income households are severely cost-burdened.
  • For every 100 extremely low-income households (those at or below 30% of the area median income), there are only 40 units affordable and available.
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    Housing Needs for People with Disabilities

    The new report, Community and Choice (April 2012), estimates that in Delaware there are:

    • 4,500 households with at least one nonelderly member with a disability with worst case housing needs
    • 1,600 households with an elderly member with a disability with worst case needs.


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Community and Choice: Housing Needs for People with Disabilities in Delaware, Delaware Housing Coalition and the Housing Sub-Committee of the Governor's Commission on Community-Based Alternatives and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, April 2012
Congressional District Housing Profile, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Dark Before the Storm: A Picture of Low Income Renters’ Housing Needs before the Great Recession from the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, Megan DeCrappeo and Danilo Pelletiere, Ph.D., National Low Income Housing Coalition, February 2011