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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:

October 20, 2011

Operating within the 2011 Budget Control Act’s tight spending limits, Congress is making difficult decisions about which programs to cut in fiscal year 2012. House and Senate leaders drafting the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget have committed to preserving rental assistance for the low-income families now receiving it so that these families don’t lose their homes. Yet the House and Senate funding bills do not meet this important commitment, as I explain in a new report, and tens of thousands of families could lose assistance.

October 13, 2011

I testified today before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity on how some of the Section 8 Savings Act (SESA) self-sufficiency provisions are promising, though improvements are needed, and on the risks of sharply expanding HUD’s “Moving-to-Work” demonstration. Here is the opening of my testimony:

September 28, 2011

As I wrote yesterday and discuss more in a new analysis, some members of Congress have called for expanding the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving-to-Work (MTW) demonstration, which provides state and local agencies sweeping authority to operate outside the laws and regulations that normally govern the public housing and “Section 8” housing voucher programs.

September 27, 2011

It’s important that federal housing assistance operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are considering a misguided strategy to pursue that goal: expanding HUD’s Moving-to-Work (MTW) demonstration.

September 23, 2011

As I have written, a House subcommittee this month passed deep cuts to public housing that would expose low-income residents to deteriorating living conditions and raise federal costs in the long run by putting off energy efficiency improvements and other cost-effective investments. The people who would be harmed are some of the nation’s most vulnerable. Most public housing residents have incomes below the poverty line, and close to two-thirds of public housing units house someone who is elderly or has a disability.

September 21, 2011

CBPP, with a broad coalition of 45 national organizations and over 750 groups in all 50 states, today urged the leadership of the Senate Banking Committee to take swift action on legislation to reform the “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest federal low-income housing assistance program.

September 16, 2011

The federal government has a long history of underfunding public housing, and the $1.4 billion funding cut that a House Appropriations subcommittee approved last week would make a bad situation worse, exposing families to deteriorating living conditions, greater risk of safety hazards, and possible displacement from their homes, as our new report explains.

August 19, 2011

Recent anecdotal reports suggest that some newly developed suburbs hit hard by the foreclosure crisis have seen an increase in the number of homes occupied by renters rather than owners, and that some of these renters are low-income families using federal housing vouchers. Critics accuse voucher holders of causing neighborhood decline, but the charge is inaccurate and unfair.

July 20, 2011

The federal “Section 8” rental assistance programs — the Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Rental Assistance programs — have long received strong bipartisan support in Congress, and studies by the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and others have found the voucher program in particular to be a cost-effective way to help low-income families afford decent-quality housing.

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