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  • National and State Housing Data Fact Sheets
    Updated November 20, 2014

    Federal Rental Assistance. Federal rental assistance programs enable about 5 million low-income households in the United States to rent modest housing at an affordable cost.  National Data | State Data | Excel | Sources and Methods Housing Choice Voucher Program. More than 2 million low-income households use Housing Choice Vouchers to afford modest, stable housing.  National Data | State Data | Sources and Methods Housing Choice Voucher Utilization Data.  The links below provide annual data on the number of families using housing …
  • Sequestration’s Rising Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families Have Housing Vouchers
    Douglas Rice
    November 12, 2014

    Following the sequestration funding cuts in 2013, most state and local housing agencies had no choice but to sharply reduce the number of families receiving housing vouchers.[1]  By December 2013, agencies were assisting about 70,000 fewer families than they had a year earlier, and the cuts continued to deepen during the first …
  • Rental Assistance Helps More Than 340,000 Veterans Afford Homes, but Large Unmet Needs Remain
    Will Fischer
    Revised November 10, 2014

    Rental assistance helps more than 340,000 veterans — the great majority of them poor or near poor — afford decent housing.  It appears to have played a central role in the 33 percent reduction in veterans’ homelessness between 2010 and 2014, and it allows recipients to devote more of their limited resources …
  • Expanding Rental Assistance Demonstration Would Help Low-Income Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities
    Will Fischer
    November 7, 2014

    In enacting final housing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, Congress should include a provision contained in the Senate Appropriations Committee-approved funding bill to expand the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).  RAD helps local housing agencies revitalize and preserve some public housing by permitting them to …
  • Creating Opportunity for Children
    Barbara Sard and Douglas Rice
    October 15, 2014

    Executive Summary Most parents want to raise their children in neighborhoods with good schools, safe streets, and neighbors who support their efforts to raise healthy, happy, and successful families.  Their hopes are well-placed because a growing body of evidence supports two conclusions about how …
  • Improving Federal Housing Programs Could Help More Children Grow Up in Safer, Higher-Opportunity Neighborhoods
    October 15, 2014

    Where a child grows up can be a critical influence on his or her lifelong health and success, and improvements to federal rental assistance programs could have a big impact on children’s life outcomes, a report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) finds. Only 15 percent of the nearly 4 million children in families …
  • House HUD Bill Would Cut Assistance to Low-Income Renters
    Douglas Rice
    May 22, 2014

    The House Appropriations Committee this week approved a fiscal year 2015 funding bill covering the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that makes disproportionately deep cuts in housing assistance for low-income families.  Congress is operating under tight spending limits set by the Budget Control Act (BCA) and the …
  • Policy Basics: The Housing Choice Voucher Program
    Updated May 14, 2014

    Created in the 1970s, the “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher Program has become the dominant form of federal housing assistance. What Is the Housing Voucher Program? Low-income families use vouchers to help pay for housing that they find in the private market.  The program is federally funded but run by a network of about 2,250 state and local …
  • Research Shows Housing Vouchers Reduce Hardship and Provide Platform for Long-Term Gains Among Children
    Will Fischer
    March 10, 2014

    The Housing Choice Voucher program, the nation’s largest rental assistance program, helps more than 2 million low-income families rent modest units of their choice in the private market.[1]  Vouchers sharply reduce homelessness and other hardships, lift more than a million people out of poverty, and give families an …
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