In 2014 the federal government provided about 50 billion in housing assistance specifically designated for low income households that assistance which is made available both through spending programs and preferential tax treatment increased by about 15 percent in real inflation adjusted terms between 2000 and 2003. 124 million low income renters face serious housing problems without any assistance the primary problem these unassisted households face is affordability with rents rising faster than incomes for low wage workers. Deficiencies and federal housing assistance is not keeping up the number of low income renters that actually receive federal housing assistance has dropped notably as a fraction of the low income households that need it evidence indicates that this gap will worsen. Ths report presents an overview of housing problems currently facing low income families and individuals and trends that may accentuate or mitigate these problems it describes the main federal housing assistance programs for low income households and special populations like the elderly and the disabled. Public housing affordable apartments for low income families the elderly and persons with disabilities to apply contact a public housing agency housing choice voucher program section 8 find your own place and use the voucher to pay for all or part of the rent
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