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Trump, Ross Rent Plans Would Harm Low-Income People in Every State

June 7, 2018

Plans from President Trump and House Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Vice Chairman Dennis Ross would significantly raise rents on low-income people with federal rental assistance.  The plans would work differently: the Trump plan requires...

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House Bill Would Allow Sharp Rent Increases on Struggling Low-Income People

May 7, 2018

Update, May 11, 2018: we've updated the graphic.

A bill from Rep. Dennis Ross would allow large rent increases for low-income people assisted through the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs,...

Ross, Trump Plans Include Sharp Rent Increases on Poorest Families With Rental Assistance

Trump Plan Would Raise Rents on Working Families, Elderly, People With Disabilities

April 27, 2018

Update, May 17, 2018: we’ve updated the table.

Reflecting a plan outlined in President Trump’s 2019 budget, the Administration unveiled legislation this week that would ultimately raise rents by an average of 44 percent on more than 4 million low-income households with rental assistance. Working families, the elderly, and people with disabilities would pay more than three-fourths...

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New Reports Add to Case Against Trump Housing Proposals

March 16, 2018

Two recent reports provide another reason why Congress should reject President Trump’s proposals to sharply raise rents on people with federal rental assistance and let housing agencies and private owners...


Trump Rent Plan Would Squeeze Low-Wage Workers, Others Struggling to Afford Housing

February 9, 2018

Update, February 13: We’ve updated this post to reflect information in the President’s budget, released February 12.

A proposal from President Trump would raise rents by more than $2 billion per year on nearly 1.8 million low-income families with nearly 3 million children receiving rental...


Trump Plan to Condition Rental Assistance on Work Will Hurt Families, Not Support Work

February 7, 2018

A draft plan from the Trump Administration leaked last week would let housing agencies and private owners end rental assistance for people who don’t meet new work requirements — putting low-income people, including many who now work, at risk of hardship but...

Most Working-Age, Non-Disabled Households Receiving HUD Rental Assistance Either Work or Likely Face Work Requirements

House and Senate Tax Plans Cut Affordable Housing, Set Stage for Deeper Cuts Later

November 20, 2017

The pending House and Senate tax bills threaten to deeply undermine programs that help low-income Americans keep a roof over their heads.  Most importantly, both bills include large tax cuts, mainly for the wealthy and corporations, that would raise deficits by more than $1.4 trillion...

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Housing Policy Should Prioritize Those With Greatest Need

July 31, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee’s hearing tomorrow on affordable housing should focus on housing policies that help the lowest-income households, including low-wage workers and poor seniors and people with disabilities. Those households are by far the likeliest to struggle to keep a...

Severe Rent Burdens Are Concentrated Among Extremely Low-Income Families in Every State

Trump Housing Changes Would Hike Rents on Struggling Families

May 31, 2017

President Trump’s budget would raise rents in fiscal year 2018 on up to 4 million low-income households that receive federal rental assistance. Strikingly, it defends these higher rents for poor...


Trump Public Housing Cuts Would Hurt Vulnerable Seniors and Families

May 25, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget would cut public housing by $1.8 billion — or nearly 29 percent — compared to 2017, making it much harder for local housing agencies to maintain developments that provide badly needed...

Public Housing Cuts Would Affect Communities of All Types