Reducing the Amount of Federal Unemployment Insurance Would Increase Rent Burden for Millions of Households

Urban Institute, July 27, 2020–Aaron Shroyer, Sara Strochak
The study estimate in the absence of any federal weekly supplement to state unemployment insurance, 4.1 million (68 percent) of the 6 million renter households with job losses would pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent, and 2.8 million (46 percent) of those 6 million households would pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. This is significant because paying 30 percent of income for housing is the generally accepted threshold for affordability.