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As More Low-Income Renters Struggle, Federal Subsidies Favor Well-Off Homeowners

June 23, 2016

The number of Americans struggling to afford their rent has risen sharply in recent years, with low-income renters bearing the biggest cost burdens, a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies finds.  But most federal housing spending goes to higher-income homeowners with little need for help, as our updated...

Federal Housing Expenditures Poorly Matched to Need

New Housing Voucher Policy Would Broaden Opportunity

June 16, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed today to expand a promising effort to help families with Housing Choice Vouchers move to higher-opportunity areas, by tying their voucher subsidies to rents...

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“Moving to Work” Bill Would Harm Rental Assistance, Undercut Recent Legislation

May 11, 2016

A bill from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to sharply expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration would undermine a research-focused MTW expansion enacted just five months ago and allow sweeping, harmful changes to rental assistance programs.

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Rental Assistance Should Be More Efficient, Not Less Accountable

April 14, 2016

A new bill introduced by Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) and other House members that seeks to streamline small local housing agencies’ administration of the Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs would sweep aside many federal rules and...

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House Unanimously Passes Bill Improving Housing Programs

February 3, 2016

By an extraordinary 427-0 vote, the House has now passed housing reform legislation that — through its rental assistance provisions — would deliver important benefits to low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  The Senate should act promptly on this important bipartisan...

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“Moving to Work” Voucher Cuts Are No Way to Fund Other Housing Priorities

November 23, 2015

As they write final 2016 appropriations bills, policymakers will decide whether to include a proposal to sharply expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration with almost no reforms to address its shortcomings.  As we’ve...

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“Moving to Work” Demonstration May Not Boost Work

November 6, 2015

Policymakers negotiating 2016 funding legislation will have to decide whether to include a provision from a Senate appropriations bill sharply expanding the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration.  Proponents claim that expanding MTW would increase work among participants...

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Streamlining Federal Rental Assistance

October 22, 2015

A bill that the House Financial Services Committee will likely consider in the coming weeks would simplify administration of federal rental assistance programs through reforms that have received broad bipartisan support.  As this excerpt from my testimony on the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act (...

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Expanding “Moving to Work” Could Narrow Families’ Housing Choices

September 17, 2015

A Senate bill’s sharp expansion of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration could make it harder for low-income families to use vouchers to move out of high-poverty neighborhoods and into areas with less crime, better schools...

“Moving to Work” Expansion Would Harm the Poorest Families

September 11, 2015

By sharply expanding the Housing and Urban Development Department’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s 2016 funding bill for HUD and the Transportation Department would likely mean higher rents that would make it even harder...

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