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Budget Caps Exacerbated Policymakers’ Neglect of Rental Housing

April 13, 2016

Federal budget caps on non-defense discretionary programs, the category that includes most housing assistance for low-income families, have worsened the neglect of low-income housing programs that began in the mid-1990s — and that contrasts sharply with the expansion and innovation over the several...

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Families’ Worsening Rent Affordability Struggles, Illustrated

April 12, 2016

Rising rents and stagnant wages make it harder for families to keep a roof over their heads.  Yet, funding for rental assistance has fallen sharply over the last six years, worsening a longer pattern of policymakers’ neglect that’s increased hardship for low-income families and hampered local communities...

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2017 Budget Gives Lawmakers a Renewed Chance to Reduce Homelessness

February 4, 2016

The 2017 budget proposal that President Obama will release next week may include something the final 2016 budget lacked: a renewed commitment to reducing homelessness and helping more low-income families to afford decent rental housing.

As we’ve reported, the...

Sequestration Caused Deep Cuts in Housing Vouchers

The Role of Neighborhoods in Persistent Poverty

November 17, 2015

Update, November 18:  We’ve updated this post to add a second video clip of the forum.

CBPP’s recent forum, “Poverty and Place: A Dialogue on the Role of Neighborhoods in Persistent Poverty and the Implications for Policy,” featured a presentation by Harvard economist Raj Chetty of his two groundbreaking studies (first video clip below), a talk with Office of Management and...

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A Stronger Case for Restoring Housing Vouchers

November 4, 2015

Two important studies reinforce the already strong case for restoring the rest of the 100,000 Housing Choice Vouchers cut by sequestration and using a large share to reduce homelessness, our new paper explains.

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In Focus: Housing Vouchers Benefit Homeless Families with Children in Several Ways

Housing Agencies Restoring Vouchers — Let’s Finish the Job in 2016

October 7, 2015

Fully restoring the vouchers lost in recent years will likely require relief from sequestration. The President and Congress should prioritize doing so in their fall negotiations over a final 2016 budget. 

Housing Agencies Restoring Vouchers — Let’s Finish the Job in 2016

Major Study: Housing Vouchers Most Effective Tool to End Family Homelessness

July 14, 2015

Housing Choice Vouchers are the most effective tool to help homeless families with children find and keep stable housing, a major new study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development...

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“Moving to Work” Housing Program Should Be Reformed, Not Vastly Expanded

June 29, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development includes a vast, ill-conceived expansion of the Moving to Work deregulation demonstration.

In Focus: "Moving to Work" Agencies Use Smaller Share of Vouchers Than Other Agencies

Tight Spending Caps Force Cuts in Low-Income Housing Assistance

June 29, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows the harsh consequences for low-income families of Congress’ failure to loosen the...

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House Bill Would Halt Progress on Housing Vouchers, Homelessness

May 14, 2015

House Appropriations Committee Republicans yesterday approved a funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development on a party-line vote, defeating amendments by Reps. Marcy Kaptur, David Price, and others to raise funding for vouchers and other housing assistance.  The bill makes clear the harsh...

Sequestration Caused Loss of Housing Vouchers for 85,000 Low-Income Families as of December 2014

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