Center on Budget: Housing

Obama Budget Restores Housing Vouchers

Monday, March 23, 2015
Thanks to funding Congress provided in 2014 and 2015, state and local housing agencies are beginning to restore assistance to families after the 2013 sequestration cuts eliminated 100,000 housing vouchers. The President’s fiscal year 2016 budget would finish the job of reversing the sequestration cuts by renewing all vouchers currently in use and restoring an additional 67,000 vouchers next year. Fully restoring the vouchers cut by sequestration should be a key goal this year; …

HUD Seeks Significant Improvements to “Moving to Work” Demonstration, But Additional Changes Needed

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is preparing to extend through 2028 the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration, which waives program rules and sets special funding formulas for 39 of the state and local agencies administering the Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.  HUD intends to address some key MTW shortcomings by reducing shifts of rental assistance resources to other purposes, distributing funding more fairly between MTW and non-MTW agencies, and requiring …

Sequestration's Rising Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families Have Housing Vouchers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Following the sequestration funding cuts in 2013, most state and local housing agencies had no choice but to sharply reduce the number of families receiving housing vouchers.[1]  By December 2013, agencies were assisting about 70,000 fewer families than they had a year earlier, and the cuts continued to deepen during the first half of 2014: by June, agencies were assisting approximately 100,000 fewer families.[2]  (See Figure 1.)  There is evidence that housing agencies are restoring …

Expanding Rental Assistance Demonstration Would Help Low-Income Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities

Friday, November 7, 2014
In enacting final housing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, Congress should include a provision contained in the Senate Appropriations Committee-approved funding bill to expand the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). RAD helps local housing agencies revitalize and preserve some public housing by permitting them to convert public housing units to “Section 8” rental assistance subsidies, which in turn enables them to more easily obtain private investment for …

Creating Opportunity for Children

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Executive Summary Most parents want to raise their children in neighborhoods with good schools, safe streets, and neighbors who support their efforts to raise healthy, happy, and successful families. Their hopes are well-placed because a growing body of evidence supports two conclusions about how neighborhoods affect children’s well-being. First, high-poverty neighborhoods, which are often violent, stressful, and environmentally hazardous, can impair children’s …

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