According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a low-income household is defined as a household that earns no more than 80% of the median household income. For the city of Houston, Texas, 80% of the median household income is $48,800 for a family of four.
In particular, families who dedicate a minimum of 30% of their income toward housing are in need of housing assistance. These families are not only burdened with paying for housing, but also struggle with affording necessities, such as clothing, food, and medical care. To date, there is an estimated 12 million renters nationwide that commit more than 50% of their income to housing. Of these renters, families that have one full-time worker earning minimum wage are not able to pay for rent on a two-bedroom apartment.
Those interested in inquiring about assistance can contact the Houston Area Urban League at (713) 393-8730.