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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Affordable Housing?

As the national affordable housing crisis continues, organizations like SCC working together with their communities and municipal leaders are confronting the challenge head-on.

1. Extremely low-income renter households, defined as those with incomes under 30% of the area median income, make up what percentage of renters in the U.S.?

A. 16%

B. 26%

C. 30%

2. The U.S. has a shortage of _______ affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renter households.
A. 1.4 million

B. 4.4 million

C. 7.4 million

3. There are _______ affordable and available rental homes for every 100 extremely low-income renter households.
A. 5

B. 35

C. 65

4. What percentage of renters earn less than $20K/year?
A. 9%

B. 22%

C. 31%

5. What can affordable housing projects do for the local community?
A. promote educational attainment

B. increase employment opportunities

C. improve urban blight

D. all of the above

6. Which of the following groups’ involvement is needed to help solve the affordable housing crisis?

A. policymakers

B. developers

C. federal agencies & programs

D. local communities & neighborhoods

E. all of the above

ANSWER KEY: 1.B 2.C 3.B 4.C 5.D 6.E

Learn the story of SCC - watch the mini documentary:

Members of the community in Somerville, MA come together for an illuminated walk to bring attention to gentrification and housing affordability in East Somerville. Produced in collaboration with the Somerville Community Corporation and Mister Francis. Written, directed, and edited by Andrew Eldridge. Produced by Elizabeth Eldridge, Andrew Eldridge.

For tenants of the 100 Homes program, if you are in need of an urgent repair please call 1-617-863-2391. For life-threatening or other emergencies please call 911.

Somerville sits on the original homelands of the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Naumkeag, and Nipmuc tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live and work.

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