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Families Risk Losing Rental Assistance as Sequestration Looms

February 1, 2013

The across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled for March 1 would eliminate funds for more than 100,000 housing vouchers for low-income families from the 2013 budget and cut funds for public housing and homeless assistance by $300 million and $100 million, respectively.

The cuts, known as “sequestration,” would sharply reduce the number of families that receive help...

Unaffordable Rental Costs: A State-by-State Look

December 20, 2012

The number of low-income families struggling to afford rental housing has grown dramatically in recent years, as my colleague Will Fischer recently pointed out.  Based on the latest Census Bureau data, our newly updated state-by-state...

Preserving Low-Income Housing Assistance in Tight Budgetary Times

November 28, 2012

As I noted yesterday, any cuts to housing assistance for low-income families under the “sequestration” scheduled for January — or under a budget deal that would replace it — would come on top of large cuts that policymakers have already enacted.

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For Housing Assistance Recipients, Unbalanced Budget Deal Would Be Worse Than No Deal at All

November 27, 2012

The fact that policymakers are working to avoid “sequestration” — the harsh, indiscriminate program cuts scheduled to begin in January — is good news for the millions of low-income families that rely on federal assistance to obtain decent housing.  But the risks to these families could be even greater if policymakers agree on an unbalanced budget deal that lacks significant revenues.  Our...

More Than 50,000 Low-Income Families Could Lose Housing Vouchers Under House Bill

June 26, 2012

The Housing Choice Voucher program would serve roughly 58,000 fewer families next year under a 2013 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that the House began debating today — even though the number of...

Preserving Low-Income Housing Assistance in Tight Budgetary Times

May 23, 2012

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that’s a big improvement over the President’s 2013 budget, our new report...

President’s Budget Falls Short on Renewing Housing Assistance

March 16, 2012

Announcing the President’s 2013 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said that a key goal is to protect rental assistance for the low-income families that use it.  Unfortunately, the budget falls short for the three largest rental assistance programs, our...

Housing Block Grant Proposal Would Likely Pave the Way for Deep Cuts

January 13, 2012

Representative Gary Miller (R-CA) has proposed a sweeping expansion of Moving to Work (MTW), a pilot block grant program that exempts 35 of the nation’s 3,900 public housing agencies from nearly all federal housing regulations so they can experiment with new ways to deliver housing assistance.  But experience with other...

Hardship in America, Part 3: Homelessness Growing Among Families with Children

November 22, 2011

The number of homeless families has been growing in recent years, but major programs that have proven effective at helping families find stable housing will serve fewer of them next year because of limited funding.

Since the recession began in late 2007, the number of homeless families with children living in temporary shelters has risen by 28 percent, to nearly 170,000 families in 2010...

Congress Cutting HUD Budget as Homelessness Grows

November 1, 2011

A New York Times editorial yesterday highlighted the importance of funding federal housing programs adequately, especially given the weak economy, high unemployment, and sharp recent increase in homelessness.

Unfortunately, Congress appears headed in the opposite direction.

The editorial states:

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