A centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s poverty plan is the proposal to consolidate 11 safety net programs — including four housing assistance programs — into a single, flexible block grant to states. Among its downsides, this proposal threatens to lead to reductions in funding that provides housing assistance to millions of low-income families and individuals.
- Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” Would Likely Force Cuts in Food and Housing Assistance
- Why the Ryan Plan Should Worry Those Concerned About the Affordable Housing Crisis, Part 2
The 2015 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a significant improvement over its House counterpart but still falls short in major respects.
- House HUD Bill Would Cut Assistance to Low-Income Renters
- For Veterans, More Bad News Than Good in Housing Funding Bill
- Research Shows Housing Vouchers Reduce Hardship and Provide Platform for Long-Term Gains Among Children
- Most Rental Assistance Recipients Work, Are Elderly, or Have Disabilities
- Rental Assistance Helps More Than 300,000 Veterans Afford Homes, but Large Unmet Needs Remain
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. This chart book shows that federal housing expenditures are unbalanced in two respects: they target a disproportionate share of subsidies on higher-income households and they favor homeownership over renting.
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.
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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