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Congress Unanimously Approves Bill to Improve Housing Programs

July 15, 2016

Following a unanimous House vote earlier this year, the Senate unanimously approved housing reform legislation last night that will provide important benefits to low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  The President is expected to sign the bill — H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through...


Promising Housing Ideas in House GOP Poverty Report

June 15, 2016

The House Republican poverty plan includes some problematic changes in low-income housing policy, but also several promising ones to expand opportunity for low-income families...

Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Children Improves Key Adult Outcomes

Working Together, Housing Agencies Can Administer Rental Assistance More Efficiently

April 12, 2016

Nearly 3,800 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country provide federally funded rental assistance to 3.2 million families through the Housing Choice Voucher and...


Modest Investment in Housing Mobility Could Yield Big Benefits

March 15, 2016

The President’s 2017 budget includes $15 million for a new Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration to help public housing agencies in ten regions collaborate on initiatives to help low-income families use existing vouchers to move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods.  The one-time funding also would support research to learn what strategies are most cost-effective.  Given the...


New Book Calls for Better Targeting of Federal Housing Money

March 7, 2016

Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond — whose new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City shows how the lack of affordable housing drives many poor families deeper into poverty — argues for expanding the...

High-Income Households Get Four Times More Housing Benefits Than Low-Income Housing

Housing Bill Would Boost Rental Assistance’s Effectiveness

December 9, 2015

The House Financial Services Committee approved a bill today with bipartisan support that would build on the many strengths of federal rental assistance through measured, targeted improvements that, taken together, would deliver important benefits to local housing agencies, private owners, and low...

Rental Agreement

New Fair Housing Rule Will Improve Housing Choices for Low-Income Families

July 8, 2015

Today’s announcement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of new rules to combat housing segregation and discrimination marks...

Apartment Building

No Steep Benefit Cliff for Housing Vouchers

July 1, 2015

At a recent House subcommittee hearing, Illinois Policy Institute Senior Fellow Erik Randolph asserted that...

Voucher Assistance Phases Out Gradually as Income Rises

Delivering on Housing Vouchers’ Potential to Give Families Real Choice

June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court decision maintaining the Fair Housing Act’s power to combat housing segregation and discrimination reinforces that public policy can give more families real choice over where they live.


More Households Facing Unaffordable Housing Costs Than Before Recession

February 9, 2015

The number of low-income households paying more than half of their income for rent or living in severely substandard housing remains 30 percent above pre-recession levels despite the improving economy, a new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report shows.  Policymakers...