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July 27, 2020

COVID-19 and the economic crisis have deepened the challenges of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or struggling to pay rent. Consequently, policymakers must include comprehensive housing assistance in the next economic relief package, prioritizing aid...

In Focus: 1 in 5 Renters Behind on Rent During Pandemic, With Black and Latino Renters Facing Greatest Hardship, July 14 2020
July 27, 2020

When the President and Congress write a final fiscal year 2021 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), they should adopt many provisions of a version that the House Appropriations Committee has passed — which would provide substantial new funds for programs that reduce homelessness and help low-income families, seniors, and others afford decent homes to rent....

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July 15, 2020

CBPP and other members of the Mobility Works collaborative praised today’s announcement that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is making $50 million available for...

June 10, 2020

The CARES Act’s $4 billion for housing under its Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, along with its other COVID-19 relief, can go far in serving people experiencing or at risk of homelessness during this crisis. But how far it goes depends on any steps that states and communities take to not only address the current crisis but correct longstanding inequities that perpetuate homelessness...

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May 13, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s coronavirus relief bill includes urgently needed funds to help low-income people rent safe, stable housing during the pandemic and deep economic downturn. Without this aid, many could face eviction and homelessness, exposing them to hardship and health risks. The final bill that the President and Congress enact should include these rental assistance funds and add...

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Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Housing

April 24, 2020

Upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation should place a high priority on protecting people experiencing homelessness and low-income renters.

In Focus: Housing Choice Vouchers Sharply Reduce Families' Housing Instability

Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Housing

February 18, 2020

The Trump Administration has said that it wants to help communities address the nation’s serious housing affordability challenges, but the President’s 2021 budget would do the opposite, slashing housing assistance and community development aid next year by $8.6 billion, or 15.2 percent (not counting the impact of inflation).

The President last fall...

Homelessness Among Veterans Fell as Targeted Voucher Program Expanded
January 31, 2020

February 10, 2020: We have updated the number of renter households paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing.

Despite a strong economy, the number of renter households paying too much for housing — more than 30 percent of their income, the federal government’s threshold for unaffordability — rose to nearly 21 million in 2018,...

Renters With the Lowest Incomes Are Most Likely to Pay Too Much for Housing
December 18, 2019

A new bill introduced by Senators Todd Young and Chris Van Hollen would give hundreds of thousands of children a better chance of long-term success by helping their families afford rental housing, including housing in areas with quality schools and other opportunities that promote healthy child development.

The bill, the...

Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Improves Key Adult Outcomes
December 12, 2019

A job loss, illness, or car breakdown shouldn’t threaten a family’s housing, but that’s the reality for many Americans with low incomes who experience eviction or other types of housing instability because they don’t have the resources to weather even a short-term income loss or large unexpected bill. Senators Michael Bennet and Rob Portman have introduced bipartisan legislation, the...

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