By Bethany Romano, MBA’17
A new study by Heller PhD candidate Giselle Routhier shows that the majority of renters in 25 U.S. metropolitan areas experience some form of housing insecurity. The study, published in Housing Policy Debate, utilizes a new housing insecurity index of Routhier’s own invention, with measures in four key dimensions: overcrowding, unaffordability, poor physical conditions, and recent experience of eviction or a forced move.
“This index provides a way to expand our understanding of housing insecurity,” Routhier says. “What it shows is that more than half of renter households in metro areas across the U.S. experience at least one indicator of housing insecurity, and 25 percent experience three or more.”