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Strengthening Federal Rental Aid Should Be 2018 Budget Priority

January 17, 2018

Lawmakers are continuing to negotiate a two-year deal to raise federal spending caps, setting the stage for 2018 funding legislation that would include the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  In such legislation, Congress should include the funds to strengthen HUD’s...

Money House #2

New Homelessness Count Shows There’s Still Work to Do

December 11, 2017

The sobering findings of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) latest annual count of homeless people — that homelessness remains a persistent problem and some communities are losing ground — show that federal policymakers have much to do to help address this serious problem.

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Man With His Hands Together

Without More HUD Funds, Every State Will Lose Housing Vouchers in 2018

October 27, 2017

With the number of households struggling to pay rent near historic highs, and federal rent aid reaching only 1 in 4 eligible households, the Department of Housing and Urban...

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Senate HUD Funding Bill a Huge Improvement Over House Bill, But Concerns Remain

August 8, 2017

Before leaving for August recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 2018 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that includes a substantial increase for rental assistance for low-income households. Yet the increase may not be enough to keep pace with rising rents in the largest rental assistance program —...

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House Funding Bill Cuts 140,000 Housing Vouchers

July 20, 2017

The 2018 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that the House Appropriations Committee approved this week fails to renew 140,000...

Money House

Will House Avert Cuts in Rental Aid?

July 10, 2017

When a House subcommittee considers the 2018 funding bill for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) tomorrow evening, a key question will be: will it sustain the rental aid that now enables 4.8 million low-income households — nearly all of which include seniors, people...

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Trump Budget Cuts 250,000 Housing Vouchers

May 26, 2017

We’ve already noted that President Trump’s budget would eliminate more than 250,000 Housing Choice Vouchers next year. It also would force families using vouchers to pay much more in rent and sharply limit their access to housing in safe neighborhoods with quality...

Housing Rooftop

Trump Budget Would Increase Homelessness and Hardship in Every State, End Federal Role in Community Development

May 23, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposes deep cuts in rental assistance for families and other aid for the nation’s poorest urban and rural communities, which would shrink the supply of affordable housing and increase homelessness and other...

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Policymakers Cut Housing Vouchers in 2017

May 18, 2017

The bill that President Trump signed into law to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2017 has insufficient funding to renew all of the Housing Choice Vouchers in use last year, leaving a gap of roughly 60,000 vouchers. While some state and local housing agencies can...

Federal Rental Assistance Has Not Kept Pace with Growing Need

Housing Vouchers Work: Strengthening Families and Communities

April 26, 2017

This is the next post in our “Housing Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.

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

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