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Excessive Housing Cost Burden
Low-income households that pay more than 35 percent of their gross income for housing are considered to have an excessive housing cost burden. The HCI excessive housing cost burden indicator measures the proportion of neighborhood households, both homeowners and renters, paying more than 35 percent of their gross income for housing; however it is important to note that the HCI measure does not distinguish between low, medium or high income households. High housing costs, especially for moderate to low-income households, often force families to choose between heating, eating, and filling prescriptions. Low-income people struggling to pay high housing costs are less likely to have a usual source of medical care and are more likely to postpone medical treatment and end up in the emergency room. Lack of affordable housing is associated with emotional, behavioral and academic problems among children, and with increased risk of teen pregnancy, early drug use, and depression during adolescence. These impacts can have long-term health consequence. This is an “inverse” measure: the higher the proportion of neighborhood residents paying excessive housing costs, the higher the negative impact on community health. Listed under the Housing domain, excessive housing cost burdens is also relevant to economic health, employment, health systems and public safety, education and neighborhood characteristics. Data for this indicator can be found in the U.S. Census.
|Lower South Providence||54.2%||25|
|Upper South Providence||40.1%||12|