Worst Case Rental Housing Needs in the Anaheim-Santa Ana MSA

In the Anaheim-Santa Ana metropolitan area in 1994, the most recent year for which data are available from the American Housing Survey, 54,900 households had "worst case" needs for rental housing assistance. These estimates do not include the homeless.

Households are considered to have worst case needs for housing assistance when they:

  • are renters with incomes below 50 percent of area median income (which, in Anaheim-Santa Ana, was $32,900 for a four-person household in 1998);
  • either pay over half their income for rent or live in severely inadequate housing; and
  • are not assisted by Federal, state, or local housing assistance programs.

In the Anaheim-Santa Ana area:

  • those with worst-case needs are 16 percent of renters and 6 percent of all households. Some 54 percent of the eligible unassisted very-low-income renters have worst case needs. In 1997, 52 percent of eligible renters in the U.S., and 52 percent of eligible renters in the West, had worst case needs.
  • 31,800 of the 54,900 households with worst case needs are families with children, and at least 7,600 other households have elderly or disabled members.
  • 77 percent of the worst case heads that are not elderly or disabled are working.
  • 62 percent of the worst case households are minorities.
  • 53,400 are paying over half their income for rent, while 2,800 live in severely inadequate housing.
  • fully 70 percent of those with worst case needs live in adequate, uncrowded housing, with severe rent burden as their only housing problem.
  • most - 74 percent - of those with worst case needs have incomes below 30 percent of area median income, which in 1998 was $19,700 per year for a four-person household.
  • extremely severe shortages of affordable housing exist for renters with incomes below 30 percent of median. In 1994, for every 100 renter households with these "extremely low" incomes, there were only 42 units they could afford. And since many of these units were occupied by higher-income renters, only 24 units were both affordable and available for every 100 extremely-low-income renters.

No comparable data on change over time are available at this time.


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