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A Bipartisan Call for More Help for Low-Income Renters

February 26, 2013

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Housing Commission called this week for expanding federal rental assistance to help all of the lowest-income households who need it.  We agree, because there’s more need for assistance than ever.

The number of unassisted renters who earned less than 50 percent of...

Number of Families Struggling to Afford Rent Rises Sharply

November 21, 2012

The number of low-income families struggling to afford housing has grown dramatically in recent years, according to CBPP analysis of new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data.  That’s one reason why so many poor children live in households that face major hardships such as falling behind on the rent or mortgage, as my colleague Arloc Sherman recently...

Housing Policy Should Put More of Its Money Where the Need Is

November 1, 2012

A recent New York Times op-ed explains that the nation’s housing policy focuses too much on tax subsidies for homeownership — which mainly benefit the wealthy — and too little on helping struggling and moderate-income families afford decent housing.  We agree,...

The Need to Rebalance Federal Housing Policy, Part 4: How a Renters’ Credit Could Work

July 19, 2012

As we explained in yesterday’s post, current rental assistance programs reach only a fraction of families in need.  A federal file type icon renters’ tax credit could help fill some of that gap. Here’s how it would work:  Congress would create the credit, which it...

Renters' Credit Reduces Housing Cost Burden by 27 Percent For Sample Family

The Need to Rebalance Federal Housing Policy, Part 3: Current Policies Don’t Keep Up

July 18, 2012

Yesterday’s installment of this blog series described how housing affordability has worsened for renters.  Today, we look at how rental assistance can benefit low-income households — and how current rental assistance programs reach only a fraction of...

Congress Should Promptly Pass Core Provisions in SESA

October 13, 2011

I testified today before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity on how some of the Section 8 Savings Act (SESA) self-sufficiency provisions are promising, though improvements are needed, and on the risks of sharply expanding HUD’s “Moving-to-Work” demonstration. Here is the opening of my testimony:

Five Ways to Strengthen Housing Assistance Without Expanding the "Moving-to-Work" Demonstration

September 28, 2011

As I wrote yesterday and discuss more in a new analysis, some members of Congress have called for expanding the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving-to-Work (MTW) demonstration, which provides state and local agencies sweeping authority to operate outside the laws and regulations that normally govern the public housing and “Section 8” housing voucher programs.

Big Expansion of HUD’S ‘Moving to Work’ Demonstration Not the Smart Way to Improve Housing Assistance

September 27, 2011

It’s important that federal housing assistance operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are considering a misguided strategy to pursue that goal: expanding HUD’s Moving-to-Work (MTW) demonstration.

Senate Bill Restores Some Public Housing Funds, but Still Makes Damaging Cuts

September 23, 2011

As I have written, a House subcommittee this month passed deep cuts to public housing that would expose low-income residents to deteriorating living conditions and raise federal costs in the long run by putting off energy efficiency improvements and other cost-effective investments. The people who would be harmed are some of the nation’s most vulnerable. Most public housing residents have incomes below the poverty line, and close to two-thirds of public housing units house someone who is elderly or has a disability.

Proposed Cuts to Public Housing Would Prove Harmful and Costly

September 16, 2011

The federal government has a long history of underfunding public housing, and the $1.4 billion funding cut that a House Appropriations subcommittee approved last week would make a bad situation worse, exposing families to deteriorating living conditions, greater risk of safety hazards, and possible displacement from their homes, as our new report explains.