Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation (Center for Housing Policy and the Center on Neighborhood Technology, 2012)

An update of the 2006 report, A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families, this report looks at the increasing burden of the combination of housing and transportation on moderate-income households. Six years later, the idea that housing and transportation costs need to be examined together has gained considerable traction. This report updates the data after the fall in housing prices, but finds that the combined costs of housing and transportation in the nation’s largest 25 metro areas have swelled by 44 percent since 2000 while incomes have failed to keep pace. The report details the challenges that American households face as the combined costs of housing and transportation consume an ever-larger share of household incomes.

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