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Palm Beach County

Alternative #1: Overview of Need Summary Indicator

As a summary indicator of local affordable housing need, the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse can provide the number of households that are low-income (incomes below 80% of area median) and severely cost-burdened (paying 50% or more for mortgage costs or rent) for each county and jurisdiction. The Clearinghouse provides estimates and projections of the number of these households by tenure for the years 2013-2040.

This indicator encompasses a broad range of households likely experiencing distress because of their housing costs. With their low incomes, the large portion of income taken up by housing costs is likely to limit these households' ability to afford other necessities.

Moreover, the 80% of median income figure is a traditional measure of eligibility for programmatic housing assistance. For example, all beneficiaries of the federal public housing program and federal HOME program must have incomes below this amount.

The need indicator can serve as an approximation of the total number of households that would benefit from some type of housing assistance, particularly if homeless and migrant households are added. Such assistance could include the construction of new affordable housing units, but it could also include the provision of subsidies to make current units more affordable.

In addition to this summary level of information, we believe a more detailed understanding of the presence of low-income and cost-burdened households can help local governments plan for and target assistance. The following discusses supplemental tables that provide this additional level of detail.

Note, however, that the number does not include homeless individuals and families, as they are not included in household enumerations. It also does not include many migrant farmworker households, missed by Census counts.

AHNA Affordable Housing Need Summary 2010-2040
Number of severely cost burdened (50%+) households with income less than 80% AMI by tenure
Place Tenure 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 20352040
Palm Beach Owner 63988 68107 73810 79246 84145 87970 91042
Palm Beach Renter 48393 50695 54288 57342 59623 61667 63499
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Alternative #2: Detailed Need Tables

While the summary indicator can provide a measure of overall housing need, targeting housing assistance appropriately requires more detail about income variation within the total number of low-income, severely cost-burdened households, for two reasons:

1) If needs are to be addressed through construction of new units, income variation within low-income households means that not all new rent- or price-restricted units will be affordable to all households. For example, a household at 30% AMI would still pay more than half of its income for rent in an apartment with rent set for households with incomes of 60% AMI.

2) A number of housing programs, such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and, in most cases, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, set income limits below 80% of area median.

Therefore, we can also provide supplemental tables with more detail on the income categories that make up the summary need indicator.

Affordable housing Need Detail 2010-2040. Number of severely cost burdened(50%+) households with income less than 80% AMI by tenure and income level
Tenure: Owner
Place Household Income as % of AMI 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 20352040
Palm Beach 30% AMI or less 28768 30618 33160 35615 37821 39513 40862
Palm Beach 30.1-50% AMI 18350 19566 21240 22857 24329 25491 26408
Palm Beach 50.1-80% AMI 16870 17923 19410 20774 21995 22966 23772
Palm Beach Total below 80% AMI 63988 68107 73810 79246 84145 87970 91042
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Affordable housing Need Detail 2010-2040. Number of severely cost burdened (50%+) households with income less than 80% AMI by tenure and income level
Tenure: Renter
Place Household Income as % of AMI 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 20352040
Palm Beach 30% AMI or less 27694 29037 31049 32740 33977 35122 36177
Palm Beach 30.1-50% AMI 15341 16061 17273 18348 19180 19878 20466
Palm Beach 50.1-80% AMI 5358 5597 5966 6254 6466 6667 6856
Palm Beach Total below 80% AMI 48393 50695 54288 57342 59623 61667 63499
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Projected Increase in Cost-Burdened Households

Another table that might be useful in planning is the projected increase in severely cost-burdened, low-income households over multi-year periods. Governments could choose to seek construction of units to meet this growth in low-income households that would not be able to afford housing without assistance. While this would not address the existing need, it would keep the affordable housing shortage from worsening.

Growth in severely cost burdened (50%+) households with income less than 80% AMI by tenure and income level
Tenure: Owner
Place Household Income as % of AMI 2010-2015 2015-2020 2020-2025 2025-2030 2030-2035 2035-2040Total
Palm Beach 30% AMI or less 1850 2542 2455 2206 1692 1349 10244
Palm Beach 30.1-50% AMI 1216 1674 1617 1472 1162 917 6842
Palm Beach 50.1-80% AMI 1053 1487 1364 1221 971 806 5849
Palm Beach Total below 80% AMI 4119 5703 5436 4899 3825 3072 22935
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Growth in severely cost burdened (50%+) households with income less than 80% AMI by tenure and income level
Tenure: Renter
Place Household Income as % of AMI 2010-2015 2015-2020 2020-2025 2025-2030 2030-2035 2035-2040Total
Palm Beach 30% AMI or less 1343 2012 1691 1237 1145 1055 7140
Palm Beach 30.1-50% AMI 720 1212 1075 832 698 588 4405
Palm Beach 50.1-80% AMI 239 369 288 212 201 189 1259
Palm Beach Total below 80% AMI 2302 3593 3054 2281 2044 1832 12804
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Conclusion

The initial AHNA needs summary figure (Alternative #1) of all low-income, severely cost-burdened households provides one measure of affordable housing needs in a local community. With additional data, however, county and local governments can make more informed decisions about housing assistance needs and programs. Projections of future increases in severely cost-burdened households and construction needs can guide cities and counties in preventing growth in the local affordable housing need. More detailed information about income can help counties and cities find ways to address the existing need with the various state and federal housing programs designed to serve particular income levels.