Get the facts to make the case for creating and preserving more affordable homes.

The Burden on Renters

Racial Equity and Family Wealth


  • According to Enterprise’s 2019 survey:
    • More than half of the 1,000 renter respondents had delayed medical care because they couldn’t afford it.
    • Among severely rent-burdened respondents, nearly half (45%) did not follow a treatment plan provided by a health care professional because they couldn’t afford it, compared with 34% of all renter respondents.
    • 100% of medical professionals surveyed (500 in total) have had at least some of their patients express concerns about affordable housing.
  • A 2016 Enterprise study found that affordable housing paired with health care services lowers Medicaid costs, significantly increases access to primary care and reduces emergency department visits:
    • Medicaid expenditures declined 12% overall (16% for seniors and people with disabilities);
    • Emergency room visits fell 18% (37% among permanent supportive housing residents); and
    • Primary care visits increased 20%.
  • Renters with children are more likely to have asthma triggers in their homes than owners and renters are more likely to have at least one child with asthma. (Urban Institute, Oct. 2017)
  • Among renting households with school-age children: (Urban Institute, Oct. 2017)
    • 21.5% are exposed to smoke in the home at least monthly
    • 21.6% are exposed to leaks
    • 12.8% of their homes show evidence of roaches or rodents in the home at least monthly


Climate Resilience


  • Small and medium multifamily properties (fewer than 50 units) are found all throughout the United States, making up 21 percent of the national housing stock and providing homes to 22 percent of the total population.
    • They are most commonly found in the central cities and suburbs of major metropolitan areas, where they contribute 34 and 22 percent, respectively, to the total stock of housing units.
  • Buildings with more than 50 units account for less than 10 percent of all rental units.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

  • Since 1986, the Housing Credit has financed the development of nearly 3.5 million affordable homes in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  • The Housing Credit has generated $593 billion in wages and business income and $206 billion in tax revenue, and has supported 5.2 million jobs.
  • Since inception, the total foreclosure rate for all Housing Credit properties has been only 0.65 percent, which is lower than any real estate asset class.