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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...

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...