The United States government is entering turbulent political times. The House of Representatives has begun a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. This is only the fourth time it has happened in our history. No matter how it turns out, the impeachment process is disruptive to the normal business of Washington. But certain aspects of … Continue reading Opinion: How will impeachment proceedings affect affordable housing?
On a recent fundraising trip to California, President Trump raised the specter of federal intervention to move homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and other large cities in the state. His comments follow visits by HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to assess the homeless situation in California, especially … Continue reading Is the Trump Administration preparing homeless sweeps?
Low-income renters suffer the most when disasters strike, and they continue to suffer in the rebuilding process. From the cost of evacuating ahead of disasters, to the frustration of having aid applications denied, low-income renters face many more challenges than households in affluent neighborhoods. Recent moves by the Trump administration have made it even harder … Continue reading Disparities in disaster aid: an uphill battle for poor and minority renters
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?
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?
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
When we think of people paying too much for their rent, we think of big, booming cities like San Francisco or Washington, DC. But a new analysis by Stateline shows that a large portion of rural renters are facing severe housing cost burdens. Although rents are generally lower in rural areas around the country, stagnant … Continue reading Rural renters face growing rent burden
Raised program costs and 55,000 children facing homelessness are some of HUD’s expected results of a proposed rule that would deny all housing assistance to “mixed families” with at least one undocumented household member. HUD’s proposal, which was published last week in the Federal Register for public comment, applies to the Public Housing and Section … Continue reading HUD immigrant ban would raise program costs and put 55,000 children at risk of homelessness
The Trump administration proposed a rule this week that would prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving HUD housing assistance. Reportedly affecting about 25,000 households, this is the administration’s latest attempt to close off safety net benefits from immigrants; both documented and undocumented. As reported in The New York Times, the proposal would overturn what the Trump … Continue reading HUD proposal would ban undocumented immigrants from housing
America is experiencing an affordable housing crisis as more families have trouble paying rising rents. The dark side of this crisis is an epidemic of evictions. Last year, Princeton University published the first database of evictions in the U.S. This data is intended to be used to discover new information, raise awareness, and help find … Continue reading Princeton publishes first eviction database in the US