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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:

Congress Targeting Housing Assistance for Especially Deep Cuts

October 20, 2011

Operating within the 2011 Budget Control Act’s tight spending limits, Congress is making difficult decisions about which programs to cut in fiscal year 2012. House and Senate leaders drafting the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget have committed to preserving rental assistance for the low-income families now receiving it so that these families don’t lose their homes. Yet the House and Senate funding bills do not meet this important commitment, as I explain in a new report, and tens of thousands of families could lose assistance.

Improving the “Section 8” Rental Assistance Programs

July 20, 2011

The federal “Section 8” rental assistance programs — the Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Rental Assistance programs — have long received strong bipartisan support in Congress, and studies by the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and others have found the voucher program in particular to be a cost-effective way to help low-income families afford decent-quality housing.

60 Minutes Exposes Growing Homelessness Among Children

March 7, 2011

CBS' "60 Minutes" last night aired a disturbing segment about the growing number of children who face homelessness due to the lingering effects of the recession -- an issue I touched on in a post last September. Unfortunately, Congress appears unlikely to respond adequately to the rising need for help.

Tens of Thousands Could Lose Housing Assistance Under Proposed Funding Cuts

November 30, 2010

Housing vouchers for tens of thousands — possibly close to half a million — low-income families could be eliminated under recent proposals to cut overall domestic funding.