When households spend too much of their income on housing, they have less money available to spend on other basic needs such as food, health care, and transportation. Cost burdened households earn less than 80% of the county median family income while spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs. Severely cost burdened households are included in the count of cost burdened households. However, they earn less than 80% of the county median family income and spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs.
For the 2014-2018 5-year average, 23% of Thurston County households were cost burdened, representing more than 25,000 households. More than half of all cost burdened households are severely cost burdened.
Sustainable Thurston Report Card
The Sustainable Thurston Report Card tracks how well the Thurston region is doing at meeting basic needs. The goal includes two targets for 2035:
Fewer than 10% of households will be cost burdened
Fewer than 5% of households will be severely cost burdened
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)