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Charting the Impact of Federal Rental Assistance

July 7, 2016

Federal rental assistance reduces hardship and promotes children’s long-term success by helping over 5 million low-income households afford modest homes, our latest chart book shows.  Below are a few examples.

Rental assistance:

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Who is Helped by Federal Rental Assistance?

Drop in Veterans’ Homelessness Highlights Vouchers’ Effectiveness

May 5, 2016

Homelessness in Los Angeles has dropped by 30 percent among veterans even while rising for residents overall, the New York Times reports — progress that local officials attribute to housing vouchers for veterans.  “Where we invest, we see results,” says the Los Angeles Homeless Services...

Homelessness Among Veterans Fell as Targeted Voucher Program Expanded

Congress Should Act to Reduce Child Homelessness in 2017

April 19, 2016

As Congress begins work this week on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2017 budget, it should place a high priority on meeting the President’s request for $88 million to fund 10,000 new...

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

Unless Policymakers Act, Funding for Federal Rental Assistance Will Hit 40-Year Low

April 15, 2016

Federal budget caps under the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which have already caused deep cuts in housing assistance funding, could force even deeper cuts in coming years.  If...

Budget Caps Could Drive Housing Assistance Spending to Lowest Level in 40 Years

Gap Between Renters’ Wages and Rents Has Grown as Policymakers Have Largely Ignored Need

April 14, 2016

The number of renters struggling to afford housing has far outpaced the expansion of rental assistance in recent decades, as our new chart book illustrates. ...


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...


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...


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...


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.

  • Reducing homelessness.  
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In Focus: Housing Vouchers Benefit Homeless Families with Children in Several Ways