LEARNING AREA: Real Estate Development
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The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing for the Extremely Low Income in Massachusetts


Nicholas Chiumenti




This report examines existing shortages of affordable and available (AA) rental housing for ELI households at both the state and local levels. It finds that in 2016, there was less than one AA unit for every two ELI renter households in Massachusetts.This report also finds that much of the state’s inventory of affordable housing is at risk of becoming unaffordable to ELI households when subsidies end and the owners of these expiring use units are allowed to raise rents.