Housing Insecurity Rates

New York Finger Lakes Region and Western New York

As shown in the behavioral health section, there is a strong connection between financial stress and mental health. People who reported significant concerns about having enough money for housing were much more likely to experience persistent poor mental health (38 percent) compared to those who didn’t have those concerns (8 percent).

And as the charts below show, some populations are much more likely to report concerns about being able to afford housing. Adults were asked how often they were worried or stressed about having enough money to pay their rent/mortgage. The numbers below reflect the respondents who said they were always or usually worried. Not surprisingly, the prevalence of housing insecurity is much higher in the low-income population. And the data suggests that such insecurity is especially a problem in urban areas.

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