Affordable Housing Shortages
Brenda Clement is Executive Director of Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), a nonprofit association for community development and affordable housing in Boston, Mass. CHAPA’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development. In 2014 Brenda Clement was elected Chair of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). Founded 40 years ago, the NLIHC is a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. NLIHC works on a broad range of housing policy issues that affect low-income people and publishes research and analysis to illuminate America’s affordable housing shortage.
“The gap between housing costs and what people can afford continues to grow,” Clement says. “And for folks who are older, that gap has grown even more. It’s estimated that over half of senior renters and owners pay more than half of their income for housing. If you pay than 30% of your income, your housing cost is considered unaffordable. … So we know that we need to continue create housing options and to build and development housing units that would be affordable for folks who are on a fixed income.”