After working with people with low or extremely low incomes for the past 30 years, along with reading and studying data, I have been able to put together the top nine consistent places where people live in order to have affordable housing.
These are in the order of use, starting with the most used option of living with family and friends. For adults with disabilities, living with family and friends is as high as 50%. This means that up to 50% of those with disabilities don’t have a lease or title to the place where they are living.
- Family and friends
- Boarding houses where the room of a house is rented out to an individual
- Low-income or subsidized housing
- Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 811)
- Leasing assistance programs
- Mobile homes/manufactured homes
- Transitional housing funded through grants to serve a specific distressed demographic: very young, substance abuse recovery or prisoner re-entry).
- First-time home buyer programs
Places of incarceration and places where people are admitted were excluded in this list.