Twenty Percent

Hours before President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on January 25, the House of Representatives approved a nonbinding resolution to roll back domestic discretionary funding for FY 2011 to FY 2008 levels.  The resolution was approved by a vote of 256 in favor to 165 against, with 17 Democrats joining 239 Republicans in support of the measure.  The resolution, if actually acted upon by the Congress when it finalizes the still-unresolved FY 2011 appropriations process, would require spending cuts of approximately 20 percent for the budgets of non-defense Cabinet-level agencies, including HUD. 

In a February 1 press release, HUD announced that “'worst case housing needs' grew by nearly 1.2 million households, or more than 20 percent, from 2007 to 2009 and by 42 percent since 2001."  According to HUD,  "the increase in the extent of worst case housing needs represents the largest two-year jump since HUD began reporting this segment of the rental market in 1985." 

HUD defines "worst case housing needs” as low-income households who paid more than half their monthly income for rent, lived in severely substandard housing, or both. 

Full Report: Worst Case Housing Needs 2009: A Report to Congress