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January 9, 2019

Update, January 10, 2019: We’ve updated our estimates of the number of households potentially affected by the expiration of rental assistance contracts.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children that receive federal rental assistance face severe hardship if the government shutdown extends into February...

Money House #2
January 4, 2019

As the nation’s largest federal rental assistance program, Housing Choice Vouchers have the unique potential to help low-income families move to neighborhoods with low poverty, low crime, and good schools. Yet families using vouchers in most of the 50 largest metropolitan areas live in less...

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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
October 10, 2018

Update, October 10: We’ve updated this post to correct the share of families using housing vouchers that are protected by voucher non-discrimination laws.

A growing number of states and localities have enacted laws that prohibit discrimination against using vouchers to help pay rent, and those laws can increase landlords’ acceptance of housing vouchers, as we...

Fewer Landlords Reject Vouchers in Areas Blocking Voucher Discrimination
September 19, 2018

As the House and Senate negotiate a final package to help communities respond to the opioid epidemic, they should adopt a provision in the Senate package that provides new funding for housing assistance for people in recovery from a substance use disorder. The House version provides for recovery housing, but only by diverting needed funds away from low-income households that are using Housing...

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September 13, 2018

Renters’ incomes still lag far behind housing costs, the latest Census data show. In 2017, the typical renter household earned $38,900, the same as 16 years ago after adjusting for inflation. Median housing costs rose 10.7 percent in inflation-adjusted terms over that period. (See graph.)...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Caught Up With Housing Costs
September 4, 2018

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) not only enable low-income families to afford decent, stable housing but they can also help them live in better neighborhoods, which ...

August 16, 2018

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced this week that it intends to reconsider a federal rule requiring states and localities receiving HUD funds (as well as public housing agencies) to take meaningful steps to address racial segregation and other fair housing problems that have long...

August 13, 2018

A new Cityscape paper authored by CBPP analysts offers insights about how states and localities can create new rental assistance programs, or improve existing ones, to better serve vulnerable people, such as people experiencing homelessness.


July 30, 2018

Several recent studies counter the Council of Economic Advisers’ (CEA) recent claims that proposals to take away people’s SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, or housing assistance if they don’t meet rigid work requirements would “be a beneficial way to increase work...

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