New Yorkers aren't the only ones worried about housing costs
By Lucy Cohen Blatter |September 16, 2016 - 9:59AM
We New Yorkers tend to think we have it the worst when it comes to housing costs. But a new survey from NHP Foundation, a real estate organization dedicated to conserving and creating affordable housing, shows that the high price of real estate is a concern across the country.
The group polled 1,000 people across the country, and found that 75 percent of Americans are concerned about losing housing, 36 percent fear job loss will lead to housing, and over 65 percent of Americans are "cost-burdened," meaning they spend more than 30 percentof their income on housing (a HUD standard).
The demographic in the survey was comprehensive, said NHP Foundation's Thom Vaccaro, ranging from ages 18 to 98, with incomes from $19,000 to $250,000, and all levels of education. "Affordable housing is a huge topic, and this felt like the right time to take the temperature on housing," he said.
One of the biggest surprises, according to Vaccaro, was how much people across the country seem to welcome affordable housing. According to the survey, 80 percent of respondents were likely to welcome it. "I think New York falls right into that spectrum," says Vaccaro. "What happens in large urban areas by and large is that divisions disappear, and people are blended."
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