Census: Renters’ Incomes Still Lagging Behind Housing Costs
In 2000 Dennis had 1,799 occupied year-round rental units. Median Gross Rent was $695. Of the 1,799 rental units, 39.3% spent more than 30% of their income towards rents.
In 2016 we had 1,479 occupied year-round rental units. Median Gross Rent was $982. And, of the 1,479 rental units, 71.5% were paying more than 30% of their income towards rent.
While not exactly the same data as in the study, this illustrates that we, too, have seen conditions for renters deteriorate since 2000.
Dennis 2016 Poverty Rate stood at 10.1%, this is well above the Barnstable County rate of 7.6%. In 2010 Dennis Poverty Rate stood at 11.9%, as opposed to 10.9% for the county. As the article states, Dennis has not fared as well as elsewhere in the county relative to the economicrecovery.
Federal court case, could have nationwide ramifications. Definitely need to follow what happens next.
Howard Belodoff, of Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc., said in a statement that local governments “will have to address real solutions to the complex issues faced by homeless individuals and families rather than just create more barriers and fill more jails with persons who only needed a place to sleep for the night.”