Economy Particularly Tough for Women Heads of Households

There’s a sobering post at APTly Spoken on the outsized impact that rising housing costs and stagnant wages are having on women:

Between 2009 and 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than a million unmarried female-headed households were started in rental units, representing 25% of all new renter family households over that time. The Census defines “family” as at least one member of the household who is related to the head of household by birth, marriage- or adoption; “single” includes those never married, divorced, separated or widowed. In 2014 (most recent data available), nearly 70% of total female-headed rental units housed children…

The largest growing age cohort in this demographic are in the 65-plus- category. These are women who are caring for other family members, including their grandchildren, some of whom must rely on fixed incomes.

Looking further into income levels, an astounding 41% of all families that live below the poverty level are headed by single females who rent; and 61% of renter households living below the poverty line are led by women.  

One of the reasons these women are experiencing a particularly hard time is explained in this paragraph:

While the rate of inflation (Consumer Price Index) has been just about non-existent post-Recession, when broken down into various components, the increased costs are troubling. Since 2012, rent, education- and healthcare costs are all rising faster than the sum of all the components of the CPI; precisely how these working mothers with 6-17 year-olds are spending their hard-earned incomes. Triple whammy?