As young adults seek to develop independence, they often find that housing costs pose a barrier to forming new households, obtaining an education, relocating to find employment, or satisfying other needs. The prevalence of severe housing cost burdens has increased rapidly during the past 10 years, especially for renters with very low incomes.19 Many young adults cope with housing cost burdens by living in physically inadequate units, or by "doubling up" with roommates or moving back with parents.20 Physically inadequate housing and crowding resulting from such living arrangements can cause health problems.21, 22
* Estimate is zero percent.
NOTE: Very low-income households are those with incomes not exceeding 50 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size. Inadequate housing refers to moderate or severe physical problems with the housing unit. Crowded housing refers to households with more than one person per room. Moderate cost burdens are total housing costs that exceed 30 percent of income, and severe cost burdens exceed 50 percent of income.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, American Housing Survey.
19 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2013). Worst case housing needs 2011: Report to Congress. Washington, DC: Office of Policy Development and Research. Retrieved from http://www.huduser.org/publications/pdf/HUD-506_WorstCase2011.pdf.
20 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2013). Analysis of trends in household composition using American Housing Survey data. Washington, DC: Office of Policy Development and Research. Retrieved from http://www.huduser.org/publications/ahsrep/AHS_household_comp.html.
21 Marsh, A., Gordon, D., Heslop, P., and Pantazis, C. (2000). Housing deprivation and health: A longitudinal analysis. Housing Studies 15(3), 411–428.
22 Pevalin, D., Taylor, M., and Todd, J. (2008). The dynamics of unhealthy housing in the UK: A panel data analysis. Housing Studies 23(5), 679–695.