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Poorest Illinois households face severe shortage of available, affordable housing

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Mar 03, 2017

Illinois is in the midst of a major housing crisis and those reeling from it are among the state’s poorest households, according to a new report.

The report, co-released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Housing Action Illinois, found there is a massive shortage of “affordable and available” rental homes for the state’s extremely low income (ELI) renter households, or those with incomes at or below 30 percent of their area median income.

In Illinois, the shortage of affordable and available housing units for extremely low income households totaled 324,178, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s…

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