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The extent to which there are enough rental units at different costs in an area to meet the housing needs of each renter household. To be considered affordable, households must pay no more than 30% of their income for rent and utilities. Paying more than 30% of income for rent means households have housing cost burden.<\/p>", "inDefinedTermSet": "https://affordablehousingonline.com/glossary" },

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Affordability

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The extent to which thre are enough rental units at different costs in an area to meet the housing needs of each renter household, paying 30 percent of their income for rent.