Webinar: Universal Housing Vouchers
Presented on October 19, 2021
Whether we are talking about an individual low-income renter experiencing a one-time economic shock or a large scale crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, the evidence shows that the Housing Choice Voucher program helps keep tenants housed and landlords receiving the necessary income to pay their mortgage, taxes and other financial obligations, especially during trying times. Research also shows that the Housing Choice Voucher program is known to stabilize families and improve outcomes in health, behavior, education, and employment. But despite the evidence, the program only serves one in five eligible households. What would it take to expand a program that we know works? What could that look like?
The Housing Alliance welcomes our partners from the Housing Initiative at Penn to share their latest research and interactive tool on the potential impact of Universal Housing Vouchers. Specifically, we will get a demonstration of dynamic maps that illustrate the gap between the number of currently available vouchers and eligible households. We will also have a deeper discussion of the broad range positive impacts of ending housing poverty. We will also explore how this valuable data can help as we continue to advocate in Washington for the expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher program and how you can join the campaign!
Vincent J. Reina, PhD, Faculty Director, Housing Initiative at Penn
Moderator: Gale Schwartz, Associate Director, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Housing Alliance of PA