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Putting Housing Money Where the Need Is

March 21, 2013

The artificial distinction between tax expenditures (credits, deductions, and other tax breaks) and spending programs “make[s] it harder to gauge the impact of the federal budget on such crucial activities as housing,” a recent New York Times story...

New Guide to Help Families Use Housing Vouchers to Move to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods

February 20, 2013

Housing vouchers can give families access to better opportunities.  Using a voucher to move out of an extreme-poverty neighborhood sharply reduces deaths from disease or accidents among girls. And where housing policies have allowed low-income children to attend high-performing, economically integrated schools over the long term, the students...

Delivering Housing Assistance More Efficiently

November 15, 2012

At a time of tight federal budgets and growing need for housing assistance, policymakers are looking to make federal rental assistance programs more efficient without hurting low-...

Sheltering America’s Children

October 19, 2012

Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak recently told the story of a homeless mother in the District of Columbia, unemployed due to serious health problems, who used subway trains and buses as overnight shelter for herself and her 2-year-old because...

The Need to Rebalance Federal Housing Policy, Part 2: Affordability Worsening For Low-Income Renters

July 17, 2012

The first installment of this blog series explained why it’s the right time to establish a federal renters’ tax credit.  Today, we look at the affordability problems that low-income renters encounter....

The Need to Rebalance Federal Housing Policy: Time for a Renters’ Tax Credit

July 16, 2012

The nation’s housing policy is out of whack.  We’ve focused for decades on policies to increase homeownership, and most federal housing dollars benefit families with relatively little need for assistance.  When you count both direct spending and tax subsidies, about 75 percent of federal housing dollars support homeownership – though only two-thirds of households own homes.  Overall, more than...

Three Evidence-Based Lessons for Future Housing Policy

June 1, 2012

As part of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Expert Forum, I weighed in this week on the question of what we can learn from efforts to...

President’s Budget Would Hike Rents on Poorest Households

March 22, 2012

More than half a million of the nation’s poorest families would face higher rents under the President’s proposal to raise the minimum rent in the rental assistance programs that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers.

Our new report takes a detailed look at the proposal,...

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 3

March 7, 2012

As we have explained, proposals from the President and House Republicans to raise rents on the poorest recipients of federal housing assistance could impose unaffordable burdens on many of them.  Some people might question whether the...

Higher Rents for Poorest Housing Recipients a Bad Idea

February 22, 2012

A New York Times editorial today warns that raising rents on the poorest recipients of federal housing assistance, as both a House proposal and the President’s new budget would do, could impose unaffordable burdens on these households, all of whom have incomes below $3,000...