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No Steep Benefit Cliff for Housing Vouchers

July 1, 2015

At a recent House subcommittee hearing, Illinois Policy Institute Senior Fellow Erik Randolph asserted that...

Voucher Assistance Phases Out Gradually as Income Rises

Delivering on Housing Vouchers’ Potential to Give Families Real Choice

June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court decision maintaining the Fair Housing Act’s power to combat housing segregation and discrimination reinforces that public policy can give more families real choice over where they live.

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More Households Facing Unaffordable Housing Costs Than Before Recession

February 9, 2015

The number of low-income households paying more than half of their income for rent or living in severely substandard housing remains 30 percent above pre-recession levels despite the improving economy, a new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report shows.  Policymakers...

Obama Budget Restores Lost Housing Vouchers

February 2, 2015

The President's budget includes a much-needed funding boost for Housing Choice Vouchers, a program that has faced deep cuts in recent years.

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Tens of Thousands Apply for Scarce Housing Vouchers

November 6, 2014

Five local housing authorities that recently gave low-income residents their first chance in years to get on a waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher received a flood of applications. This is further evidence that the need for affordable...

Two Policy Changes Could Help Public Housing Families

October 24, 2014

Tens of thousands of children whose families can afford decent housing by living in public housing live in extremely poor neighborhoods, as I explained yesterday.  But policymakers can take...

Two Programs Could Boost Opportunity for Families With Project-Based Rental Assistance

October 23, 2014

More than 700,000 low-income families with children can afford decent housing by living in public housing or privately owned properties that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidizes.  As we explain in our...

4 Ways to Help More Families Use Vouchers to Live in Low-Poverty Neighborhoods

October 22, 2014

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program has reduced families’ housing cost burdens and homelessness and file type icon boosted their housing stability, but its performance in helping families live in low-poverty, high-opportunity neighborhoods has been disappointing, as we explain in our...

What Housing Vouchers Mean to Poor Minority Families, Part 2: Help in Avoiding Extreme-Poverty Neighborhoods

October 20, 2014

I explained earlier today that housing vouchers make a big difference for minority families’ ability to live in a low-poverty neighborhood.  They also help poor black and Hispanic families with children avoid neighborhoods of concentrated...

What Housing Vouchers Mean to Minority Families, Part 1: They’re Better Able to Live in Low-Poverty Neighborhoods

October 20, 2014

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program falls short of its potential to expand children’s access to good schools in safe neighborhoods, as I’ve explained.  Although a voucher makes little difference in a poor white family’s ability to live in a low-poverty...

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