Over 5 million people on section 8 housing vouchers in 2016

A statistic that is a good indicator of the challenges in the economy, that both shows how slowly it is growing as well as the high cost of housing in our country, is the number of people using Housing Choice Vouchers. As of the start of 2016, over 2.2 million households are enrolled. These households are made up of over 5 million unique unique individuals, or “soles”. All of these people are receiving assistance with their rental costs from the federal government.