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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...

Apartment buildings in a city

Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research

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

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...

Apartment buildings in a city
December 10, 2019

Growth in median rents has outpaced growth in median renter income since 2001 in nearly every state, as we explain in our updated state rental assistance fact sheets. About 23 million low-income renters pay more than half of their income for housing, partly due to this gap between rental costs and income....

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Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research

November 7, 2019

As Veterans Day approaches, hundreds of thousands of veterans struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Some 38,000 veterans were homeless on a single night in January 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates. Moreover, 666,000 veterans lived in low-income households that paid...

Over 700,000 Low-Income Veterans are Homeless or Have Severe Housing Costs Burdens

Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research