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  • Chart Book: Federal Housing Spending Is Poorly Matched to Need
    Will Fischer and Barbara Sard
    December 18, 2013

    The federal government spent $270 billion in 2012 to help Americans buy or rent homes, but little of that spending went to the families who struggle the most to afford housing.  As the charts below show, federal housing expenditures are unbalanced in two respects:  they target a disproportionate share of …
  • Sequestration Could Deny Rental Assistance to 140,000 Low-Income Families
    Douglas Rice
    April 2, 2013

    The budget cuts known as “sequestration,” initiated on March 1, will likely force state and local housing agencies to cut the number of low-income families using Housing Choice Vouchers to afford housing by roughly 140,000 by early 2014.[1]   This represents a sharp break from Congress’ bipartisan commitment — …
  • Policy Basics: Federal Rental Assistance
    January 25, 2013

    What Is 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.  Other programs serve households with special needs, including the “202” and “811” Supportive Housing Programs for the Elderly and for People with Disabilities; Housing …
  • Policy Basics: Introduction to Public Housing
    Updated January 25, 2013

    What Is Public Housing? Public housing is one of the nation’s three main rental assistance programs, along with “Section 8” vouchers and project-based rental assistance.  Public housing developments provide affordable homes to 2.2 million low-income Americans. Where Is …
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