Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

NPR report on housing crunch in Washington, DC as gentrification presses the poor living in affordable housing. Some receive help from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Audio, News Story (District of Columbia)

Pam Fessler
National Public Radio (NPR)
May 27, 2014
NPR report

Tags: Housing: Homelessness, Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH) (DC)


The U.S. is in the midst of what Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan calls the “worst rental affordability crisis” ever. Poor families are being hit the hardest: An overwhelming majority spend more than half of their incomes on rent. Others live in substandard housing, or are homeless.

The problem is especially acute in Washington, D.C., in a bustling neighborhood just a few blocks from the Capitol Building.

Length of audio version: 5:05.