The plan focused on imposing work requirements on beneficiaries of federal housing assistance, demanding evidence-based outcomes, and providing states with more flexibility.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President and CEO Diane Yentel released a statement highlighting several concerns with the proposal, but welcomed a national conversation on solutions to end poverty.
“There is an urgent need for a national investment in more homes affordable to those living in poverty. Federal housing programs serve approximately five million low income households, but the needs of many more families go unmet. Those receiving affordable housing subsidies are in many ways the lucky ones who often won a housing lottery to receive the assistance. Only one out of every four eligible families receive the help that they need.”
“Poverty in America isn’t going away. We may not read about it in the headlines every day, but it’s still persistent across our country and we need to confront it head on.”