Housing Choice Vouchers

Housing Choice Voucher Program: State Fact Sheets

More than 5 million people in more than 2 million low-income households use Housing Choice Vouchers to afford modest, stable housing. The fact sheets include state-specific data on the families that Housing Choice Vouchers help, the cuts in voucher assistance that sequestration caused in 2013, and the incidence of homelessness and other severe affordable housing needs in each state.

Related: Policy Basics: The Housing Choice Voucher Program

Sequestration's Toll: 70,000 Fewer Low-Income Families Have Housing Vouchers

Some 70,000 fewer low-income families used housing vouchers to rent private housing in December than a year earlier, according to new CBPP projections. The projections, based on new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data, show that low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children continue to feel the effects of the across-the-board sequestration cuts, which started last March. The big question now is whether the President and Congress will reverse these cuts next year.

 

Why and How Congress Should Restore Lost Housing Vouchers

A big question facing the Housing Choice Voucher Program next year is whether policymakers will provide enough funding to restore all 70,000 vouchers lost last year due to the sequestration budget cuts. Given the large and growing need for affordable housing, policymakers need to make this a priority. And, they should accomplish it in ways that also promote other important policy goals, like reducing homelessness, keeping vulnerable families together, and eliminating unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities.

 

Research Shows Housing Vouchers Reduce Hardship and Provide Platform for Long-Term Gains Among Children

The Housing Choice Voucher program, the nation’s largest rental assistance program, helps more than 2 million low-income families rent modest units of their choice in the private market. Vouchers sharply reduce homelessness and other hardships, lift more than a million people out of poverty, and give families an opportunity to move to safer, less poor neighborhoods.

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