Study: Majority of L.A.’s 1 Million Poor People Live in Unaffordable or Substandard Housing

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A sign is held by protesters outside the Apartment Assn. of Greater Los Angeles in 2016 to oppose evictions, rent increases, displacement and gentrification. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A sign is held by protesters outside the Apartment Assn. of Greater Los Angeles in 2016 to oppose evictions, rent increases, displacement and gentrification. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles and New York City top the list of U.S. cities with the most poor people laboring under heavy rent burdens, living in substandard housing, or both, according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs study released Wednesday.

More than half of Los Angeles’ 1 million very poor households, or 567,000, spent more than half their income on rent or resorted to undesirable housing in 2015, the study said.

In New York City, 44% of the very poor also struggled to afford housing, but because there were more of them — 1.8 million — the number falling into what the study called the “worst-case housing needs” category was higher, 815,000.

More than half of very low-income people in Miami, Phoenix and Riverside also struggled to pay the rent, the study said.

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