Decade of Neglect Weakened Federal Low-Income Housing Programs: New Resources Required to Meet Growing Needs

Source: Douglas Rice and Barbara Sard, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 24, 2009

A large and growing number of low-income renters face unaffordable housing costs. Federal housing programs have proven effective in enabling millions of low-income households to obtain stable, decent housing, but a funding squeeze and various actions taken by Congress and the Bush Administration have weakened these programs considerably, just when the need is rising. This report documents that growing need, explains how federal housing programs help address it, shows how recent funding shortfalls and policy changes have hurt these programs, and outlines a series of steps to make housing more affordable for low-income families.

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