Map of the Month

Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.

January 2019

Where Low-Income Renters Face Eviction Due to Government Shutdown

This month's Map of the Month shows the locations and number of households that receive housing aid through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) program known as the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Program. Funding that goes to families within these households has expired or is set to expire by the end of February 2019. Under the program, rental assistance contracts provide housing aid to seniors or individuals with disabilities with average incomes typically below the federal poverty limit. Due to the shutdown, roughly 1,150 contracts between HUD and private owners of multi-tenant buildings are in limbo across the U.S. Another 500 contracts are set to expire in January, with another 550 contracts to follow in February. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, should the shutdown persist into February, an estimated 1,500 Bay Area households could face the real prospect of eviction.