Housing

Obama Budget Restores Housing Vouchers

Thanks to funding Congress provided in 2014 and 2015, state and local housing agencies are beginning to restore assistance to families after the 2013 sequestration cuts eliminated 100,000 housing vouchers.  The President’s fiscal year 2016 budget would finish the job of reversing the sequestration cuts by renewing all vouchers currently in use and restoring an additional 67,000 vouchers next year. 

Fully restoring the vouchers cut by sequestration should be a key goal this year; the incidence of severe housing affordability problems among renters remains well above pre-recession levels and homelessness remains a large and persistent problem in many communities.

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HUD Seeks Significant Improvements to “Moving to Work” Demonstration, But Additional Changes Needed

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is preparing to extend through 2028 the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration. While HUD intends to address some key MTW shortcomings, important details of the extensions will need strengthening to ensure that they actually benefit low-income families.

 

Creating Opportunity for Children:
How Housing Location Can Make a Difference

Nearly 4 million children live in families that receive federal rental assistance. This assistance not only helps these families to afford decent, stable housing and make ends meet, but it also has the potential to enable their children to grow up in better neighborhoods and thereby enhance their chances of long-term health and success.

Historically, however, federal rental assistance programs have fallen short in helping families live in neighborhoods that provide these opportunities.

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Basics

Policy Basics: Federal Rental Assistance:
Federal rental assistance enables 5 million low-income households to afford modest homes. Three major programs — Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 Project-based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing — assist about 90 percent of these households.

Policy Basics: Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance:
The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs enable more than 2 million people in 1.2 million low-income households to afford modest apartments by contracting with private owners to rent some or all of the units in their housing developments to low-income families.

Policy Basics: The Housing Voucher Choice Program:
Created in the 1970s, the “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher Program has become the dominant form of federal housing assistance.

Policy Basics: Introduction to Public Housing:
Public housing is one of the nation’s three main rental assistance programs. Public housing developments provide affordable homes to 2.2 million low-income Americans.

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The Center works with state and local housing agencies and advocates to improve the effectiveness of federal low-income housing programs — particularly the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  We also examine the role that well-designed housing assistance programs can play in advancing goals such as reducing the concentration of poverty.

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