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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...


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...

large expansion of mtw would leave even more families without vouchers

“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...


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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More “Moving to Work” Block Grants Would Mean Fewer Housing Vouchers for Low-Income Families

July 28, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s 2016 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would dramatically expand the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program, as we discuss in a new analysis.  Although MTW has fostered...

Major HUD Block Grants Have Declined Sharply Compared with Section 8 Rental Assistance

Dallas Highlights Benefits of Housing Subsidies Based on Local Rents

July 8, 2015

The New York Times today describes an experimental policy in Dallas that helps families with Housing Choice Vouchers move to...

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Senate Should Follow House and Streamline Rental Assistance for People With Fixed Incomes

March 26, 2015

The Senate should move quickly to approve a measure that the House passed this week to reduce administrative costs for the state and local housing agencies and private owners that administer federal rental assistance, while easing compliance burdens for many low-income tenants.

The bipartisan Tenant Income Verification...