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New Renters’ Credit Would Help Struggling Families Afford Housing

March 9, 2017

A proposed new “project-based” renters’ tax credit could help many of the lowest-income renters — including low-wage workers, poor seniors, and people with disabilities — afford decent, stable housing. It could also begin addressing the...

Federal Housing Expenditures Poorly Matched to Need

Housing Voucher Reform Will Boost Efficiency and Opportunity

November 17, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has expanded a promising policy tying Housing Choice Voucher subsidies to rents in a particular neighborhood, rather than an entire...

Average Housing Voucher Costs Fell at Agencies Using Small-Area Fair Market Rates

Renters’ Tax Credit Would Reduce Housing Cost Burdens

November 3, 2016

Housing cost burdens for renters have risen to unprecedented levels but “can be efficiently and equitably addressed using the tax code, which has historically provided substantial federal housing subsidies to homeowners, particularly those with high‐incomes and wealth,” a new report finds.  It proposes three options for a...

Most Federal Housing Expenditures Benefit Homeowners

Sweeping Deregulation of Small Housing Agencies Won’t Improve Rental Assistance

September 22, 2016

A House hearing examined options yesterday to strengthen Housing Choice Vouchers, which are highly...

Smaller Public Housing Agencies Have Higher Administrative Costs

HUD Should Act Promptly to Broaden Opportunity for Voucher Holders

August 18, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should move quickly to refine and implement its proposal to expand a promising HUD policy that helps families with Housing Choice Vouchers rent in higher-opportunity...

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

As More Low-Income Renters Struggle, Federal Subsidies Favor Well-Off Homeowners

June 23, 2016

The number of Americans struggling to afford their rent has risen sharply in recent years, with low-income renters bearing the biggest cost burdens, a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies finds.  But most federal housing spending goes to higher-income homeowners with little need for help, as our updated...

Federal Housing Expenditures Poorly Matched to Need

New Housing Voucher Policy Would Broaden Opportunity

June 16, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed today to expand a promising effort to help families with Housing Choice Vouchers move to higher-opportunity areas, by tying their voucher subsidies to rents...

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“Moving to Work” Bill Would Harm Rental Assistance, Undercut Recent Legislation

May 11, 2016

A bill from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to sharply expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration would undermine a research-focused MTW expansion enacted just five months ago and allow sweeping, harmful changes to rental assistance programs.

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Rental Assistance Should Be More Efficient, Not Less Accountable

April 14, 2016

A new bill introduced by Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) and other House members that seeks to streamline small local housing agencies’ administration of the Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs would sweep aside many federal rules and...

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House Unanimously Passes Bill Improving Housing Programs

February 3, 2016

By an extraordinary 427-0 vote, the House has now passed housing reform legislation that — through its rental assistance provisions — would deliver important benefits to low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  The Senate should act promptly on this important bipartisan...

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