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February 15, 2019

The 2019 government funding bill that President Trump signed into law today sustains most of the substantial funding increases of 2018 for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, and it includes funding to further expand the number of new housing vouchers and other rental assistance. Building on the strong 2018 funding, Congress again rejected the President’s...

Money House
February 15, 2019

The 2019 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes funds for an important initiative, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) mobility demonstration. As we’ve written, the HCV program...

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January 29, 2019

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program hasn’t helped families rent housing in low-poverty areas with low-crime and strong schools, a recent report shows.

Moving to such neighborhoods can have powerful...

“Moving to Work” Housing Agencies Aren’t More Effective Than Others at Enabling Families to Move to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods
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...

Street of Houses
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...

Street with houses
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 ...