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11Jun

Trump, Ross Rent Plans Would Harm Low-Income People in Every State

Share List Plans from President Trump and House Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Vice Chairman Dennis Ross would significantly raise rents on low-income people with federal rental assistance.  The plans would work differently: the Trump plan requires specific rent increases on nearly all Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance recipients, while the Ross plan (released as…

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Jun

Senate Committee Approves Robust Funding for Affordable Housing in FY19

Share List The Senate Appropriations Committee voted June 7 to approve a draft FY19 spending bill that provides robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD. The strong Senate bill is the direct result of the efforts by housing advocates across the nation and congressional champions Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI)….

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04Jun

Congress Passes, President Signs Law to Improve and Expand the Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Share List President Trump signed the “Family Self-Sufficiency Act” into law on May 24. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Act was included in a larger deregulation bill (S. 2155) that passed the House on May 22. The FSS law permanently reauthorizes the program, combines the FSS programs for Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing, which are…

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Jun

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY19 Transportation-HUD Spending Bill

Share List The House Appropriations Committee moved forward its FY19 spending bill for affordable housing and community development programs on May 23. The bill was approved by a 34-17 vote, and now heads to the House floor. The proposed bill maintains the 10% increase in HUD funding that advocates and congressional champions secured in FY18, with modest…

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29May

Reading Housing Authority Gets Extra $1 Million From Feds

Share List The Reading Housing Authority has extra money in its annual funding allotment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — $1 million extra. HUD earmarks the housing funds to help public housing authorities make capital improvements to their properties, said HUD Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice. HUD allocated $161.8 million in…

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May

House Delays Action on White House Rescissions Affecting Prior HUD and RD Appropriations

Share List The House has put off a vote on President Trump’s proposed rescission request, which recently passed legal muster under a Government Accountability Office study (only $134 million, all from the Transportation Department, was decided as improper to impound of the total $15.2 billion). House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated the reason is…

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May

Ben Carson’s Huge Cut to Housing Aid Won’t Increase Self-Sufficiency

Share List Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been inaccurately describing his proposals to cut housing benefits through rent increases, rigid work requirements, and de facto time limits for low income families. He has also offered an ever-changing rationale for these harmful policy changes. I’d like to set the record straight. Carson proposes raising rents…

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