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Sequestration’s Effects Linger for Housing Agencies

September 16, 2014

The 2013 sequestration budget cuts caused severe shortfalls at state and local housing agencies that administer federal rental assistance programs, and the cuts are continuing to affect low-income families, as the New York Times...

Why the Ryan Plan Should Worry Those Who Are Concerned About the Affordable Housing Crisis, Part 1

July 31, 2014

A centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s poverty plan is the proposal to consolidate 11 safety net programs — including four housing assistance programs — into a single, flexible block grant to states.  Among its downsides, this proposal threatens to lead to reductions in funding that provides housing assistance to millions of low-income families and individuals. ...

Better Federal Policy Needed to Address Rental Affordability Crisis

July 2, 2014

Housing has become increasingly unaffordable for many Americans, especially those with the lowest incomes, as a recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies documents and I ...

New Report Documents Growing “Crisis of Affordability” for Renters

June 30, 2014

More than 80 percent of households earning under $15,000 a year — roughly equivalent to full-time work at the minimum wage — paid more than 30 percent of their income for housing in 2012, a new report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies finds.  The federal government and many private-sector...

Update: Senate Housing Bill Improves on House But Still Would Lock in Large Voucher Losses

June 6, 2014

The 2015 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which the Senate Appropriations Committee approved yesterday, is a significant improvement over its House counterpart but still falls short in major respects.

As we’ve...

Senate Housing Bill Improves on House But Still Risks Locking in Large Voucher Losses

June 4, 2014

The 2015 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which a Senate appropriations subcommittee approved yesterday, is a significant improvement over its House counterpart but still falls short in major respects.

As we’ve...

House Funding Bill Disproportionately Cuts Assistance to Low-Income Renters

May 22, 2014

An unexpected decline in the Congressional Budget Office’s projection of mortgage credit program receipts has tightened the already severe fiscal constraints that Congress is facing in writing the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills.  But rather than protect key safety net programs — including rental assistance programs that...

A Million Things That Housing Vouchers Are Doing for Mothers on Their Day

May 8, 2014

With Mother’s Day approaching — and the House considering cutting funding for housing assistance — we’d like to celebrate that roughly 1 million mothers use housing vouchers to help them keep a roof over their kids’ heads.  But many more mothers (and other low-income people) who are...

Don’t Let Affordable Housing Programs Go Begging

March 24, 2014

“[A]t a time when record numbers of families have been caught in the squeeze between rising rents and falling wages — and are at greater risk of homelessness . . . this is the worst possible time for Congress to let affordable housing programs go begging,” the New York Times ...

Why and How Congress Should Restore Lost Housing Vouchers

March 21, 2014

A big question facing the Housing Choice Voucher Program next year, I noted recently, is whether policymakers will provide enough funding to restore all 70,000 vouchers lost last year due to the sequestration...

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