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Rental Assistance Shortage Leaves 700,000 Veterans Homeless or Struggling to Afford Housing

November 7, 2019

As Veterans Day approaches, hundreds of thousands of veterans struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Some 38,000 veterans were homeless on a single night in January 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates. Moreover, 666,000 veterans lived in low-income households that paid...

Over 700,000 Low-Income Veterans are Homeless or Have Severe Housing Costs Burdens

Infrastructure Plans Should Boost Affordable Housing for Lowest-Income Americans

April 30, 2019

As policymakers consider proposals to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure, they should prioritize funds to address public housing’s unmet renovation needs and build and preserve other housing that’s affordable to the lowest-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.



“Moving to Work” Housing Agencies No Better Than Others at Helping Families Move to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods

January 29, 2019

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program hasn’t helped families rent housing in low-poverty areas with low-crime and strong schools, a recent report shows.

Moving to such neighborhoods can have powerful...

“Moving to Work” Housing Agencies Aren’t More Effective Than Others at Enabling Families to Move to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods

New Funds Will Help Housing Agencies Expand Opportunity for Families With Vouchers

November 29, 2018

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is giving state and local housing agencies more funds to help them carry out a promising new policy to enable families with Housing Choice Vouchers to move to higher-...

Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) Enable Family Moves to Better Neighborhoods and Reduce Program Costs

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...