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January 13, 2012

Representative Gary Miller (R-CA) has proposed a sweeping expansion of Moving to Work (MTW), a pilot block grant program that exempts 35 of the nation’s 3,900 public housing agencies from nearly all federal housing regulations so they can experiment with new ways to deliver housing assistance.  But experience with other...

January 12, 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed a proposal to eliminate major federal assistance programs for low-income Americans and turn them over to the states, often with deep funding cuts.  But the rationale he offered for doing so in this past Sunday’s “Meet the Press” debate — that the federal bureaucracy eats up most of the money Congress provides for these programs, and little...

December 22, 2011

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season. Off the Charts is going on vacation, but we’ll resume posting regularly and approving comments as soon as we return in the new year.

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December 21, 2011

As we’ve shown in our blog series over the past week, millions more Americans would face poverty and severe hardship without programs like TANF,...

December 16, 2011

No one wants to spend the holidays without a safe place to call home.  Yet a growing number of families with children are homeless; a recent report estimated that one in 45 children in the United States...

December 14, 2011

We will issue a series of posts in the coming days that will look back at some of the major programs that helped struggling families during the year — their goals, impact, and issues facing policymakers in 2012.  Today, we’ll begin by setting the context...

December 6, 2011

In hearings on the Section 8 Savings Act, which would make a number of changes to the Housing Choice Voucher program (see our testimony), some policymakers expressed interest in increasing self-sufficiency among recipients of housing assistance.

While that is a worthy goal, our...

November 22, 2011

The number of homeless families has been growing in recent years, but major programs that have proven effective at helping families find stable housing will serve fewer of them next year because of limited funding.

Since the recession began in late 2007, the number of homeless families with children living in temporary shelters has risen by 28 percent, to nearly 170,000 families in 2010...

November 2, 2011

Several hundred thousand extremely poor families that receive federal housing assistance could face rent increases totaling $300 a year or more under a provision of draft housing reform legislation now before Congress. While the legislation as a whole (the Section 8 Savings Act) contains important improvements to the Section 8 housing voucher program and other federal rental assistance programs, Congress should strip out the proposed rent increase.

November 1, 2011

A New York Times editorial yesterday highlighted the importance of funding federal housing programs adequately, especially given the weak economy, high unemployment, and sharp recent increase in homelessness.

Unfortunately, Congress appears headed in the opposite direction.

The editorial states:

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