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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...

Housing Vouchers Help Families Live in Better Neighborhoods — But They Can Do More

October 17, 2014

Policymakers over the last several decades have tried to improve low-income families’ access to low-poverty, higher-opportunity neighborhoods.  With this goal in mind, they’ve relied increasingly on housing vouchers so that families can choose where to live rather than be limited to government-funded projects that often are in very poor, segregated neighborhoods.  Despite these efforts, the...

Rental Assistance Can Do More to Help Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods

October 15, 2014

Where children grow up can influence their lifelong health and success, and improvements to federal rental assistance programs could substantially better their life outcomes, our new report explains.

Nearly 4 million children live in families that receive federal rental assistance.  But just 15 percent...

Funding Bills Don’t Provide Enough Housing Help for the Most Vulnerable

June 20, 2014

Congress may soon finalize 2015 funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Unfortunately, struggling working families, people with disabilities, and others unable to afford today’s high rents will see little housing relief in Congress’ funding, as I explain in a new post on



Senate Housing Bill Expands Reach of Self-Sufficiency Program

June 9, 2014

We’ve noted several areas where the Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill to fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (...

For Veterans, More Bad News Than Good in Housing Funding Bill

May 23, 2014

We explained yesterday that the House funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would cut assistance to low-income renters and stall recent progress against homelessness.  Veterans, among others, will likely feel the impact.  While the bill...

Five Things Wrong With the House Bill to Fund Housing Assistance

May 6, 2014

Update, May 8: We’ve updated this post to correct the figure for the House bill’s funding cut relative to the 2014 level: the cut is $510 million.

The House Appropriations Committee will vote tomorrow on a 2015 spending bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that cuts funding for rental assistance and anti-homelessness...

Housing Squeeze Tightens Further Under Sequestration

December 10, 2013

Demand for rental housing has surged even as the supply has shrunk, the New York Times reports today, and the budget cuts under sequestration “are only adding to the problem, hitting housing programs especially hard.”  Indeed, as we...

Hardship in America, 2013: Homelessness Remains High and Affordable Housing Is Increasingly Scarce

November 26, 2013

Six years after the Great Recession began, the number of homeless families with children remains stubbornly high.  And the number of low-income households with unmet needs for housing assistance — especially families with children — has soared.  Funding cuts under sequestration threaten to halt progress against homelessness...

One Goal of the March on Washington Gets a Bit Closer

August 28, 2013

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we want to highlight the President’s important recent step toward one of its goals:  the freedom to choose where to live without regard to the color of one’s skin.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968, a landmark civil rights law that followed the march, outlawed racial discrimination in the sale, rental, or...