This research note expands on the Paycheck to Paycheck 2016 analysis and explores the context in which these salaries are being earned by examining household spending on a variety of items. Households must balance their spending on housing with their spending on other key household needs, such as transportation and healthcare. The lowest income households face the greatest challenges in balancing these competing needs.
The 2016 edition of “Paycheck to Paycheck” focuses on the affordability challenges faced by both teachers and non-instructional school workers by highlighting five of the 81 occupations in the Paycheck to Paycheck database: bus driver, child care teacher, groundskeeper, social worker and high school teacher.
Housing Landscape summarizes the severe housing costburdens of low- and moderate-income working households. These householdsinclude full- and part-time workers who play important rolesin the economy, and they face greater affordability challengesthan the overall U.S. population. In 2014, 20.9 percent of all working households were severely housing cost burdened (9.6 million households). More than one in four working renters and 16 percent of working homeowners paid more than half oftheir income for housing costs in 2014.
The development of affordable housing is a complicated process with lots of moving pieces that often involves gaining community approval. In April 2015, developers and others attending our Solutions for Housing Communications convening in Seattle told us that one of the biggest hurdles they face is garnering public support for affordable housing developments. Accordingly, the purpose of this brief is to offer expert advice to help developers and advocates with the community engagement process.
This case study examines the partnership between Google Fiber and Austin’s Housing Authority and how they are working together to bring in-home connectivity to broadband Internet to public housing residents.
This case study looks at Eden Housing’s Cottonwood Place and ways the affordable senior development is incorporating in-home broadband access for residents.