For low-income households struggling to pay the rent, receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can be like winning the lottery. There are not enough vouchers available for all the families that need them, and many families spend years on a waiting list before they receive assistance. Finding an apartment where that voucher can be … Continue reading Why Do Landlords Reject Vouchers, and What Can Be Done?
The House of Representatives recently created a demonstration program whose goal is to help households with Section 8 vouchers move to areas of greater opportunity. The Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2019 was introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). it was adopted by the full House in March with … Continue reading House Passes Bill to Help Voucher Holders Move to Better Neighborhoods
HUD recently announced it will propose a new rule to limit Equal Access protections for LGBTQ persons who are homeless. If the rule is implemented, homeless LGBTQ persons could be turned away from shelters because of their gender identity. This action follows on the heels of the administration’s proposal to evict thousands of mixed-immigration status … Continue reading HUD Proposes Rolling Back Protections for Homeless LGBTQ Persons
HUD recently issued a notice regarding the need for carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all HUD-assisted housing. The notice comes in the wake of two deaths due to gas leaks at a South Carolina public housing property, covered by Affordable Housing Online here. HUD regulations do not currently require CO detectors. Up until now, HUD … Continue reading HUD Issues Notice on Carbon Monoxide Detectors After Public Housing Deaths
Ambitious new legislation could provide a major boost for low-income renters looking for an affordable home. Re-introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act would substantially boost production and preservation of affordable rental housing. It would also lower rents, reduce segregation, and help homeowners hurt by the Great Recession. In … Continue reading Senator Warren Introduces Bold Affordable Housing Bill