About Residents of Public Housing
Across the nation there are millions of residents living in public housing. The average household size for residents of public housing is 2.2 people. The information is from the Public Housing Resident Characteristics Reports as of August 31, 2012. Approximately 48% of residents remain in public housing for 5 years or more.
Additionally, 811,307 children (ages 0-17) live in public housing, representing 38% of residents living in public housing. Seniors (age 62 and above) account for 15% of residents in public housing, or 327,324 individuals. Approximately 35% of public housing includes a member who is disabled.
The average annual household income of a household for residents of public housing is $13,543. This falls well below the federal poverty line, which in 2012 for a household of two was $15,130, and for a household of three was $19,090 according to the 2012 United States Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines. The primary source of income for 32% of public housing resident households is through wages. Social Security payments are the primary source of income for approximately 55% of individuals in public housing.