Map illustrates affordable housing gap in Kitsap

housing.mapThere are 29 affordable housing units available for every 100 families living on extremely low incomes in Kitsap County.

That’s according to analysis by the nonprofit Urban Institute, which compiled a county-by-county map illustrating the nationwide affordable housing gap.

The institute’s breakdown of Kitsap shows 7,165 families in the county earn less than $22,700 annually, based on 2012 data. There are 2,065 affordable units in the county, 2,211 with HUD assistance. (Click the graphic above to expand.)

The map also shows the change in the affordable housing gap over time, with statistics from 2000 and 2006. According to the analysis, Kitsap gained affordable units between 2000 and 2006, while the number of extremely low income households remained steady.The the number of low income households swelled between 2006 and 2012 but the county lost affordable housing units over the same period.

The current 29 units to 100 households ratio for Kitsap happens to also be the national average. No county in the U.S. has as many affordable units as extremely low income households according to the institute.

The full map is embedded below, but it easier to navigate on the institute’s website.

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