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Housing Vouchers’ Success Reflects Bipartisan Collaboration

April 17, 2017

This is the next post in our “Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.

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Renters’ Tax Credit Would Complement Existing Housing Development Credit

April 11, 2017

As we’ve written, establishing a renters’ tax credit would enable more families with incomes around or below the poverty line to afford decent, stable housing. It would also help address the...

Most Severely Cost-Burdened Renters Are Extremely Low-Income

Vouchers Work: Protecting Children from Hardship, Improving Their Chance to Succeed

March 30, 2017

This is the next post in our “Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.

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Housing Choice Vouchers Sharply Reduced Homelessness and Housing Instability Among Families With Children

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...

In Focus: 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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