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  • Options For Jobs Legislation: Providing $1 Billion To Prevent Homelessness
    Douglas Rice
    December 15, 2009

    As part of the economic recovery act signed into law in February, Congress approved $1.5 billion in temporary housing assistance for families that are homeless or at risk of losing their homes due to job loss or other financial hardship. These resources, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributed …
  • Proposed Expansions of Homebuyer Tax Credit Would Be Highly Inefficient and Squander Federal Resources
    Douglas Rice and Robert Greenstein
    October 27, 2009

    Executive Summary Members of Congress are considering extending — and possibly substantially expanding — the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The credit, which is available to first-time homebuyers with incomes up to $150,000 (up to $75,000 for …
  • Funding Shortfalls Causing Cuts in Housing Vouchers
    Douglas Rice
    September 14, 2009

    As a result of a shortfall in funding for the Housing Choice Voucher Program for calendar year 2009, an estimated 400 state and local housing agencies across the country will be forced to reduce or eliminate rental assistance for a significant number of the 500,000 low-income families they serve. While landlords may absorb …
  • What to Look For in HUD’s 2010 Budget For Low-Income Housing
    Douglas Rice
    May 4, 2009

    “We at HUD and in the Administration are fully committed to attacking the affordability gap in rental housing and ensuring that housing affordability is a long term priority.” — HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, speaking before the National Low Income Housing Coalition on April 21, 2009. …
  • Additional Housing Vouchers Needed to Stem Increase in Homelessness
    Douglas Rice
    April 16, 2009

    “One of the changes in attitudes that I want to see here in Washington and all across the country is a belief that it is unacceptable for children and families to be without a roof over their heads in a country as wealthy as ours.”  — President Obama, speaking to reporters on March 24, 2009. “An extensive body of …
  • Decade of Neglect Has Weakened Federal Low-Income Housing Programs
    Douglas Rice and Barbara Sard
    February 25, 2009

    A large and growing number of low-income renters face unaffordable housing costs.  Federal housing programs have proven effective in enabling millions of low-income households to obtain stable, decent housing, but a funding squeeze and various actions taken by Congress and the Bush Administration have weakened these programs considerably, just when the need is rising.…
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