Illinois’ extremely low-income renters are in dire need of affordable housing, according to a recent report issued by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Housing Action Illinois.
to the report, for every 100 extremely low-income households in
Illinois, there are only 28 available and affordable rental homes. In
Illinois, a family of four is considered extremely low-income if their
annual income is less than or at $21,650, which is 30 percent of the area median
Extremely low-income renters typically spend more than half their income on rent, according to researchers.
you are paying 60 or 70 percent of your income toward your housing
costs, there’s not much money left for the other necessities of life,
such as food, medical costs or investing in your education,” said Bob
Palmer, policy director for the statewide housing coalition, Housing
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