NAHRO Statement on the Harvard JCHS State of the Nation’s Housing 2021

On June 16, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released the State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 report. It is used by industry experts, housing providers and advocates, researchers, and elected officials to inform decisions on policy and procedure. Highlighted topics this year include worsening renter cost burdens, a critical need for housing investment, and how financial fallout from the pandemic has affected both renters and homeowners.

“NAHRO is a proud sponsor of the State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 report, and we applaud the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies for providing this invaluable research and data about the nation’s housing needs. The report endorses NAHRO’s $70+ billion estimate of the funding backlog needed to repair the nation’s public housing units. It also documents the pandemic’s disparate impact on both low-income households and households of color, increasing rent burdens among low-income households, and the rising numbers of people experiencing homelessness,” NAHRO President Sunny Shaw said.

“Through this all, NAHRO members have continued to provide housing and supportive services to our communities nationwide. We have kept our residents housed, adapted our business processes to keep everyone safe, and expanded our partnerships to provide food, medical aid, rental assistance and other necessities to our residents. We will also continue to advocate for the additional resources and tools that we need to continue this vital work,” Shaw said.

To read the full report click here.


NAHRO, which was established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the United States. NAHRO members create and manage affordable housing for low- and middle-income families, and support vibrant communities that enhance the quality of life for all. They administer more than 3 million homes for more than 8 million people.