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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...

Looming Cuts Threaten Housing Programs

February 15, 2013

Testifying yesterday at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the automatic budget cuts (“sequestration”) scheduled to begin March 1, Housing and Urban...

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.


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...