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  • Off the Charts Blog
    October 31, 2014

  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • National and State Housing Data Fact Sheets
    Updated March 10, 2014

    Federal Rental Assistance About 35 percent of all U.S. households — or 41 million households — are renters. Federal rental assistance programs enable more than 4.9 million low-income households in the United States to rent modest housing at an affordable cost. About 56 percent of these households are headed …
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