Millions of low-income renters will find themselves in dire straits if the partial shutdown of the federal government does not end soon. Some affordable housing properties have already had their rental assistance frozen, and most federal housing assistance funding will run out by the end of February. Editor’s Note: A timeline visualizing the major events … Continue reading Low-income renters threatened by government shutdown
Recent stories have highlighted the poor condition of Public Housing around the country. Public Housing communities serve people with the lowest incomes, mostly seniors, disabled persons and families with children. Some buildings are in such bad shape that HUD has taken over management from the local Public Housing Agency (PHA). How did we … Continue reading Why is it hard to maintain quality Public Housing?
Key Facts: 2017 saw a 9% increase in the homeless population, and 2018 continued the trend with a .3% increase. Among all those counted, 60% were male and 39% were female. A 2% increase in unsheltered persons was primarily responsible for the overall increase in homelessness for 2018. The number of veterans and families with … Continue reading HUD Report Shows Rise in Homelessness for Second Year in a Row
Wednesday 12/16 Editor’s Update: No resolution was made by the deadline, and the government shutdown has been in effect since Saturday, December 22, 2018. The latest reports say that President Trump will not sign a spending bill to avoid a potential government shutdown, unless funds are added for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. If … Continue reading How a Government Shutdown Would Affect HUD Offices
Much of the nation’s public housing stock is aging. Stagnant funding for operations and capital repairs have meant many public housing properties suffer from deferred maintenance. They need new roofs and boilers, kitchens and bathrooms, and upgrades to improve energy efficiency and access for persons with disabilities. Amid controversy over conditions of its Public Housing … Continue reading Rental Assistance Demonstration Program Helps Improve Public Housing