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The Community Development Studies and Education Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia undertook this study, Affordability and Availability of Rental Housing in Pennsylvania, to assess the housing needs of Pennsylvania’s lower-income renter households and to better understand how their needs vary across the state. The study looks at the incidence of housing problems among this group at both the beginning and the middle of the previous decade. It also considers the extent to which there were shortages in the number of rental units that were both affordable and available to lower-income renters at these two points in time. The findings strongly suggest that conditions faced by the lowest income renters in Pennsylvania deteriorated from the beginning to the middle of the decade.
See a presentation providing an overview of findings of new ACS data and a comparison to key findings of the original study, detailed data tables, and notes providing additional information on the differences in data sources used to prepare the new and original estimates.
To access different sections of the study, click on the links below, or you can order a print copy.