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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 3: Helping Families Afford Decent Housing

December 16, 2011

No one wants to spend the holidays without a safe place to call home.  Yet a growing number of families with children are homeless; a recent report estimated that one in 45 children in the United States...

Large Majority of Housing Voucher Recipients Who Can Work, Do Work

December 6, 2011

In hearings on the Section 8 Savings Act, which would make a number of changes to the Housing Choice Voucher program (see our testimony), some policymakers expressed interest in increasing self-sufficiency among recipients of housing assistance.

While that is a worthy goal, our...

Making the Poorest of the Poor Pay More for Housing

November 2, 2011

Several hundred thousand extremely poor families that receive federal housing assistance could face rent increases totaling $300 a year or more under a provision of draft housing reform legislation now before Congress. While the legislation as a whole (the Section 8 Savings Act) contains important improvements to the Section 8 housing voucher program and other federal rental assistance programs, Congress should strip out the proposed rent increase.

Congress Shouldn’t Delay Action on Housing Voucher Reform

September 21, 2011

CBPP, with a broad coalition of 45 national organizations and over 750 groups in all 50 states, today urged the leadership of the Senate Banking Committee to take swift action on legislation to reform the “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest federal low-income housing assistance program.

Housing Vouchers Help, Not Hurt, Neighborhoods Hurt by Foreclosures

August 19, 2011

Recent anecdotal reports suggest that some newly developed suburbs hit hard by the foreclosure crisis have seen an increase in the number of homes occupied by renters rather than owners, and that some of these renters are low-income families using federal housing vouchers. Critics accuse voucher holders of causing neighborhood decline, but the charge is inaccurate and unfair.

What Federal Rental Assistance Programs Are Doing, State by State

April 20, 2011

To show the state-by-state impact of federal rental assistance programs like vouchers and public housing — and the potential impact of scaling them back significantly through a global spending cap or similar proposal — we’ve prepared fact sheets on the number and types of households in each state that receive different kinds of assistance.

What Will Happen to Housing Funding in the Next 2 Years?

March 3, 2011

Housing policy won’t be a top-line issue in the budget debates between President Obama and Republican lawmakers, but there’s lots at stake for some of the most vulnerable Americans. The good news is that, based on their initial moves, both sides support the idea of renewing rental assistance.

“Nightline” Exposé on Public Housing Tells Incomplete Story

January 28, 2011

Wednesday’s ABC “Nightline” story on misspent funds and poor living conditions in public housing run by three local agencies didn’t adequately explain the causes of these problems — or proposals that could help address them.