The Trump administration has issued a new 837 page rule that will severely reduce the number of legal immigrants. The rule changes how officials determine if an immigrant is likely to depend on public benefits in the future. Under the new regulation, poor immigrants, those with limited education and those who have received public benefits … Continue reading Trump Administration Rule Punishes Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits
Mobile homes, or manufactured housing, have long provided shelter to low-income families in the U.S. The quality of these housing units has substantially improved since 1976 when HUD implemented industry manufacturing standards. In the midst of a rental housing crisis, mobile homes may look like a good alternative for low-income renters. But mobile homes can … Continue reading Are Mobile Homes A Good Affordable Housing Option?
This week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended President Trump’s characterization of Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested,” and a place “no human being would want to live there.” The controversy arose through a series of tweets by Trump attacking Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), whose district includes part of Baltimore. Representative Cummings is African-American, and the … Continue reading HUD Secretary Defends Trump’s Racist Comments About Baltimore
Congressional leaders and the White House reached a two-year budget deal this week. The deal raises the budget caps that would have resulted in severe cuts across the government, including affordable housing programs. The deal also suspends the debt ceiling until after the presidential elections. If the House and Senate approve the measure, it would … Continue reading Budget Deal Will Raise Spending Caps For Next Two Years
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?