Created in the 1970s as a better alternative to traditional public housing, “… The program is no longer working the way it was intended.”
There are far more people who qualify than actually receive help. For subsidized housing vouchers, there is often a lottery. And your chances aren’t good.
CBPP’s April 6. 2016 webinar featured a dialogue with Amy Ginger, HUD’s Director of Housing Voucher Programs, about how to improve utilization.
It’s gospel by now that incomes haven’t increased to keep pace with the cost of rents although the economy has steadily improved since 2011.
The lack of affordable housing is forcing low-income renters to choose between apartments they can’t afford or those that aren’t in the best shape.
The overwhelming demand for affordable housing has put a tremendous strain on public housing programs and on the families waiting for housing.
We know how to end homelessness; what is lacking is the political will to put the necessary resources behind the solutions we know will work.
Without funding increases, communities may have to make cuts to programs and halt progress toward ending chronic, family, or youth homelessness.
Kenneth is 47 and has moved into a permanent apartment with “wrap-around” support services to help him manage his chronic medical condition.
This budget deal makes it possible to fund multiple priorities for HUD, but only if we make a strong enough case to do so including more vouchers.