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26Mar

Senator Warren and Colleagues Reintroduce Bold Affordable Housing Bill

Share List National Low Income Housing Coalition  Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced on March 13 an ambitious proposal, the “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act,” to address the nation’s dire shortage of affordable housing. The bill directly addresses the underlying cause of the affordable housing crisis – the severe shortage of affordable rental homes for…

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12Mar

President Trump Proposes Drastic Cuts to Affordable Housing Programs

Share List National Low Income Housing Coalition President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request – released today – proposes to drastically cut housing benefits that help millions of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and other vulnerable people afford their homes. Like his other budget requests in FY18 and FY19, the…

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05Mar

New Budget Deal Needed to Avert Cuts, Invest in National Priorities

Share List Center for Budget and Policy Priorities  Unless Congress and the President reach a new budget agreement, both non-defense and defense discretionary program areas will face deep cuts in 2020 and 2021, forced by tight funding limits and additional cuts (known as “sequestration”) mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA). The most recent…

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26Feb

Funding Bill and Carryover Funding Should Enable Agencies to Issue More Housing Vouchers in 2019

Share List Center for Budget and Policy Priorities The fiscal year 2019 appropriations law that President Trump signed on February 15 provides $22.6 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs), including $20.3 billion to renew vouchers that low-income families are now using — the latter a $713 million (3.6 percent) increase over 2018 in nominal terms….

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Jan

Congress and the White House Reach Agreement to Reopen Government for Three Weeks

Share List National Low Income Housing Coalition  As the partial federal government shutdown approached week six and with the Senate voting but failing to pass either of two competing funding bills on January 24, President Trump announced on the following day, January 25, that an agreement had been reached to temporarily reopen the federal government…

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22Jan

Food Agencies Creating ‘Emergency Market’ for Federal Workers Squeezed by Shutdown

Share List The Philadelphia Inquirer  For the first time in its 35-year history, Philabundance is enacting its disaster plan in Philadelphia, to quickly distribute food to federal workers facing hunger because of the partial government shutdown. The hunger-relief agency is combining with Share Food Program, which supplies 500 food pantries in the region, as well as Nutritional…

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16Jan

Pennsylvania Announces Plans to Maintain Food Security Programs Through February Despite Federal Government Shutdown

Share List Pennsylvania Department of  Human Services Pennsylvania Announces Plans to Maintain Food Security Programs Through February Despite Federal Government Shutdown Harrisburg, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced that February benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be dispersed on January 18, 2019, and will be available for…

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15Jan

Housing Authority’s Plea: Please Call Congress to End Shutdown, Preserve Payments

Share List The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Should the ongoing partial government shutdown last until March, the Allegheny County Housing Authority won’t have the federal funds needed to pay more than 2,000 local private landlords who provide subsidized housing through the housing choice voucher program, commonly called Section 8. In bold, red, letters on the housing authority’s…

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