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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

Housing Vouchers Can Help Moms Raise Their Kids in Safe Neighborhoods

May 7, 2015

Parenting is stressful enough.  Low-income mothers who live in areas of concentrated poverty, however, face the added stresses of financial hardship and helping their children navigate unhealthy, crime-ridden neighborhoods with low-quality schools.  But housing vouchers can help these moms raise...

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Groundbreaking Studies: Good Neighborhoods Help Low-Income Children Succeed

May 4, 2015

Two groundbreaking new studies (here and here) by Harvard economists Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, and Lawrence Katz show that children whose families move to better neighborhoods experience lower teenage birth rates, higher college attendance...

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Tight Spending Caps Force Housing Assistance Cuts

May 1, 2015

The funding bill that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved confirms my fears that the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA...

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Budget Caps Too Tight for Adequate Rental Assistance

April 21, 2015

The House Appropriations Committee is expected tomorrow to allocate 2016 funding among its 12 subcommittees, one of which oversees the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The so-called “THUD” subcommittee is apparently one of the few that will receive a significant increase over 2015 funding.  The committee is right to prioritize THUD funding, most of which...

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Fixing Sequestration Is Key to Restoring Housing Vouchers and Reducing Homelessness

March 25, 2015

With millions of renters facing unaffordable housing costs and homelessness a large problem in many areas, policymakers should fully reverse the loss of 100,000 housing vouchers due to the sequestration budget cuts.  As our new...

Three Takeaways from HUD’s 2016 Budget Request

February 12, 2015

My latest post for the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog lists three key facts about the President’s 2016 budget request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The full post has the details, but here are the main points:

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Helping Children Avoid Homelessness

November 25, 2014

Many American children won’t have a safe, stable home this holiday season.   Homelessness among families with children isn’t an intractable problem; federal rental assistance — like the Housing Choice Voucher program — is an effective solution.  But funding is...