Housing burden (old)
Housing burdened as a percentage of owner- and renter-occupied households by race/ethnicity of householder. Housing burdened is defined as spending more than 30 percent of household income on housing costs. No data is available for owner-occupied households in 2000. Data for 2012 represents a 2008-2012 average. Universe includes occupied households with housing costs, excluding non-traditional owner-occupied households (e.g. multiunit structures and trailers). No data is reported for demographic subgroups with insufficient sample sizes. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Housing burden by tenure and race/ethnicity:
Is housing affordable for all?
Why it matters
Housing is the single largest expense for households, and far too many pay too much for housing, particularly low-income families and households of color. High housing costs squeeze household budgets leaving few resources to pay for other expenses, save for emergencies, or make long-term investments.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to ensure affordable housing for all
- Raise funds to increase the supply of affordable homes through housing trust funds and housing bonds
- Require or incentivize the inclusion of affordable housing within new developments using inclusionary zoning, community benefits agreements, density bonuses, or other tools
- Preserve affordable rental housing, particularly apartments located near job centers, public transit, and services
- Ensure strong tenant protections such as “just cause” eviction ordinances, anti-harassment policies, and rent control to prevent displacement
- Implement a renters' tax credit to help reduce rents for low-income families
Securing Affordability for Generations in Boston’s South Dorchester Community
For 25 years, Boston’s Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has been working to build a stronger South Dorchester community area through affordable housing and commercial development, economic inclusion, transit equity, and deep resident engagement. The organization has converted many blighted properties into permanently affordable housing and commercial spaces. It now owns more than 920 housing units and has developed more than 51,000 square feet of community-oriented commercial space. Read more.