CBS' "60 Minutes" last night aired a disturbing segment about the growing number of children who face homelessness due to the lingering effects of the recession -- an issue I touched on in a post last September. Unfortunately, Congress appears unlikely to respond adequately to the rising need for help.
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
Housing policy won’t be a top-line issue in the budget debates between President Obama and Republican lawmakers, but there’s lots at stake for some of the most vulnerable Americans. The good news is that, based on their initial moves, both sides support the idea of renewing rental assistance.
Wednesday’s ABC “Nightline” story on misspent funds and poor living conditions in public housing run by three local agencies didn’t adequately explain the causes of these problems — or proposals that could help address them.
With the approach of the holidays, a time when Americans come together with family and friends to share the blessings of life, we thought that we’d take a moment to focus on those who are not quite so lucky by providing a snapshot of poverty and hardship in the United States. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are having trouble affording basic necessities. Below are the most current figures available in five important areas.
In this podcast, we’ll discuss proposed funding cuts that could cause tens of thousands of low-income families to lose housing assistance during these tough economic times. I’m Shannon Spillane and I’m joined by Senior Policy Analyst, Doug Rice.
Housing vouchers for tens of thousands — possibly close to half a million — low-income families could be eliminated under recent proposals to cut overall domestic funding.
Many low-income families living in public housing have to cope with crumbling ceilings, faulty plumbing, and other unmet repair needs, the New York Times reported Monday. The main cause is a lack of capital funding to repair and renovate the developments, most of which were built decades ago. Fixing this problem is critical to the long-term success of this essential program.
Housing has become increasingly unaffordable for low-income renters since the start of the recession, according to fresh data from several sources:
UPDATE 7/29/10 7:56 p.m. (ET): This housing amendment has been withdrawn.
The 2011 transportation-housing appropriations bill that the House is now considering cuts $1.3 billion in funding that President Obama requested — and now four Democratic representatives (Peters of Michigan, Adler of New Jersey, Himes of Connecticut, and Welch of Vermont) plan to offer an amendment to make substantially deeper cuts, including $500 million in cuts to low-income housing programs.
Today the Washington Post praised a major Obama Administration plan to preserve the nation’s supply of affordable housing, which has shrunk alarmingly in recent years even as the need has grown. While some (including the Post) have concerns about certain aspects of the plan, which is stalled on Capitol Hill, on the whole it deserves strong support.