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December 15, 2017

The pending Republican tax bill threatens to deeply undermine programs that help low-income Americans keep a roof over their heads, just as a new report shows that the number of struggling renters will likely remain high in the coming years. Nearly a third of new jobs in the coming decade will be low-wage jobs, which typically...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Kept Pace With Housing Costs
December 11, 2017

The sobering findings of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) latest annual count of homeless people — that homelessness remains a persistent problem and some communities are losing ground — show that federal policymakers have much to do to help address this serious problem.


Man With His Hands Together
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...

Housing Divide
November 10, 2017

A new study affirms the impressive success of the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program in helping homeless veterans secure stable, affordable homes while...

November 9, 2017

Federal rental assistance plays a vital role in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike, our new analysis shows, helping 10 million people in over 5 million low-...

Federal Rental Assistance Is Proportionally Distributed Based on Need and Location
October 27, 2017

With the number of households struggling to pay rent near historic highs, and federal rent aid reaching only 1 in 4 eligible households, the Department of Housing and Urban...

October 12, 2017

Congress may soon consider bills to improve and expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program for low-income families that get rental assistance. Senators Roy Blunt, Jack Reed, Tim Scott, and Bob Menendez introduced...

Family in Kitchen
August 16, 2017

The number of very low-income households with serious housing problems rose in 2015 despite an improving economy, a new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report finds. Over 8 million households had “worst-case housing needs” in 2015, meaning they are renters with incomes below half the local...

Federal Rental Assistance Has Not Kept Pace with Growing Need
August 9, 2017

Housing Choice Vouchers help low-income families afford stable housing, prevent homelessness, and strengthen local communities in every state, as we detail in our updated interactive Housing Choice Voucher state fact sheets....

Vouchers Reduce Hardship for Homeless Families
August 8, 2017

Before leaving for August recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 2018 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that includes a substantial increase for rental assistance for low-income households. Yet the increase may not be enough to keep pace with rising rents in the largest rental assistance program —...

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