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Something's Gotta Give: Working Families and the Cost of Housing

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Publication Date: April 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Housing Policy (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Barbara J. Lipman


Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Personal finance and saving)
Economics (Consumers and consumption)
Social conditions (Housing)

Keywords: affordable housing; household spending

Type: Report


Barbara J. Lipman is the research director for the Center for Housing Policy. This in-depth report examines how unaffordable housing affects other aspects of our quality of life, finding that families who pay more than half of their household budget for housing often reduce expenditures for other essentials such as food, clothing, transportation and healthcare.