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Budget Exposes Trump Administration’s Empty Rhetoric on Homelessness, Fair Housing

February 18, 2020

The Trump Administration has said that it wants to help communities address the nation’s serious housing affordability challenges, but the President’s 2021 budget would do the opposite, slashing housing assistance and community development aid next year by $8.6 billion, or 15.2 percent (not counting the impact of inflation).

The President last fall...

Homelessness Among Veterans Fell as Targeted Voucher Program Expanded

Senate Bill Aims to Cut Intergenerational Poverty by Expanding Families’ Housing Opportunities

December 18, 2019

A new bill introduced by Senators Todd Young and Chris Van Hollen would give hundreds of thousands of children a better chance of long-term success by helping their families afford rental housing, including housing in areas with quality schools and other opportunities that promote healthy child development.

The bill, the...

Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Improves Key Adult Outcomes

Housing Aid a Rare Bright Spot in Senate Funding Bills, But More Needed

October 8, 2019

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill to fund the departments of Transportation as well as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides enough resources to continue assisting the 5 million low-income seniors, families with children, and others who rely on federal...

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House Bill Targets Homelessness Among Youth Leaving Foster Care

September 13, 2019

Many young people leaving foster care after they reach adulthood become homeless soon after losing the child welfare system’s support and, among those who do, more than half experience multiple episodes of...


With Budget Deal, Congress Can Reverse Recent Housing Voucher Losses

August 5, 2019

Policymakers’ recent bipartisan budget deal eliminates the risk of deep federal budget cuts in fiscal year 2020 and paves the way for Congress to provide more funding for key priorities. One priority should be the...

In Focus: Funding Delays, Shortfalls Contributed to Loss of 50,000 Housing Vouchers

Trump Proposal Would Jeopardize Rental Aid for Many U.S. Citizens

June 18, 2019

In a little-noticed move, the Trump Administration is proposing a new roadblock for U.S. citizens who are seeking federal rental assistance, including the more than 9 million citizens who are now receiving aid.

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House Bill Includes Major Investments to Help Families Pay Rent

May 22, 2019

The bill would invest substantial additional resources to help low-income families that struggle with the high cost of housing.

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Trump Budget Would Slash Rent Aid for Struggling Seniors, Families, Others

March 19, 2019

In his 2020 budget, President Trump proposes again to radically reduce the federal role in helping low-income seniors, families with children, and others to pay rent and make ends meet.

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Seniors, Families, and Others Risk Losing Housing as Shutdown Continues

January 9, 2019

Update, January 10, 2019: We’ve updated our estimates of the number of households potentially affected by the expiration of rental assistance contracts.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children that receive federal rental assistance face severe hardship if the government shutdown extends into February...

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Senate HUD Funding Bill Deserves Support

July 24, 2018

The Senate is expected this week to begin considering a package of four fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills, including one to fund Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.  The package’s HUD title deserves senators’ strong support, for the following reasons:

  1. It fully renews the critical aid that currently enables 3.4 million low-income households to rent
  2. ...
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