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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...

Sequestration’s Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families With Housing Vouchers

November 12, 2014

Forced by the sequestration funding cuts to scale back their voucher programs, state and local housing agencies were helping about 100,000 fewer families in June 2014 than in December 2012, before the cuts took effect (see graph).  Our new paper shows that agencies are beginning to restore some vouchers to use in the final...

Neighborhoods Do Matter to Kids’ Success

November 3, 2014

Do neighborhoods matter to kids’ well-being and long-term success? Intuition says yes — indeed, families that can afford to often bet large sums that locating in good neighborhoods with strong schools will benefit their kids. A careful review of the research evidence supports this intuition.

Some observers question the...

One Way to Help Poor Kids Do Better in School: Help Their Families Move to Better Neighborhoods

October 16, 2014

Housing location makes a difference in low-income children’s short- and long-term success, as we detail in our new paper.  There’s growing evidence that violent, stressful, high-poverty neighborhoods can compromise children’s cognitive development, school performance, and health — and that low-poverty neighborhoods with high-...

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