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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...

Sequestration’s Toll: 70,000 Fewer Low-Income Families Have Housing Vouchers

February 26, 2014

Some 70,000 fewer low-income families used housing vouchers to rent private housing in December than a year earlier, according to new CBPP projections.  The projections, based on new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data, show that low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children continue to feel the effects of the across-the-board sequestration cuts,...

Funding Bill Stops the Bleeding, But Low-Income Housing Still Needs Intensive Care

January 17, 2014

Last year’s sequestration forced deep cuts in federal rental assistance — at a time when just 1 in 4 eligible households receives such aid and the number of low-income renters paying unaffordable housing costs is at ...

Long Wait for Housing Assistance Getting Longer Under Sequestration

November 7, 2013

Sequestration could cut housing vouchers for as many as 185,000 low-income families by the end of 2014, according to our new report, which includes state-by-state estimates of the potential impact.  This is one of many reasons why budget negotiators...

Helping Low-Income Renters

August 6, 2013

While the President’s speech today on federal housing policy will emphasize homeownership, we’re pleased that his agenda acknowledges the importance of rental housing policy, too.  Two points we’ve made on this issue thus bear repeating.

First, federal housing...

Senate Bill Reverses Sequestration Cuts to Housing Programs

July 22, 2013

The Senate will vote tomorrow on whether to consider legislation to reverse most of the sequestration cuts to housing assistance next year, part of its approach of rolling back sequestration for...

A Tale of Two Bills

June 27, 2013

Families that need housing assistance have been hit hard in recent years, as sequestration has deepened cuts to low-income housing and community development programs that the President and Congress made in 2011 and 2012.  Recognizing the harm caused by mindless sequestration cuts, both chambers of Congress approved their own...

House Bill Makes Deep Cuts in Low-Income Housing Assistance

June 20, 2013

Low-income families and communities would experience unprecedented cuts in housing assistance under the fiscal year 2014 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that a House Subcommittee approved yesterday.

These cuts come at a time when the need for assistance is rising rapidly, as housing costs continue to outpace the incomes of low-...

President Obama’s 2014 Budget — Holding Ground for HUD in Tight Times

April 19, 2013

For low-income families that need affordable rental housing, the news from Washington in recent years has been bleak.  Yet, while President Obama’s new budget has shortcomings, it achieves the important goal of holding the ground on housing assistance in a very difficult budget environment.

For starters, the President and Congress agreed to...

Sequestration Threatens to Cut Rental Assistance to 140,000 Families

April 2, 2013

The sequestration budget cuts will likely force state and local housing agencies to cut the number of low-income families using Housing Choice Vouchers to afford housing by roughly 140,000 by early 2014, as we...