Results of the Fannie Mae Foundation Affordable Housing Survey
Americans see a lack of affordable homes for low- and moderate-income working families as being as much of a problem in their communities (37% say it is a very or fairly big problem) as are job loss and unemployment (36%), an even bigger problem than crime (23%) and a polluted environment (21%), and second only to a lack of affordable health care (43%). A total of 61% of Americans say that the availability of affordable homes is at least a moderate problem in their area and only 34% describe it as a slight problem or not a problem at all.
Awareness of a lack of affordable homes is highest among those who have experienced the problem first-hand. Among those who moved to a new area or community in the past five years, 46% say it is a very or fairly big problem, an additional 21% say it is a moderate problem, and only 28% say it is a slight problem or not a problem at all. Of those who have lived in the same area for more than five years, only 35% say it is a very or fairly big problem and 35% say it is a slight problem or not a problem at all. Similarly, 45% of those likely to move in the next few years say that it is a very or fairly big problem compared with only 33% who are unlikely to move.
Working families see a lack of affordable homes(41% say it is a very or fairly big problem) as a big a problem as a lack of affordable health care (39%). In fact, they see it has an even bigger problem in the areas where they live than job layoffs and unemployment (34%), crime (20%), or pollution (16%). (Fannie Mae Foundation)
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