New Interactive Map Features Federal Rental Assistance Info

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities just released updated federal rental assistance factsheets.

Click here to pull up a map and then click on your state.  You’ll find 2016 data on the number of households in your state that receive each major type of federal rental assistance from HUD and USDA; demographic information on who uses federal rental assistance; and the total federal dollars these programs bring into your state’s economy.  The back side of the fact sheets shows recent data on the unmet need for rental assistance in your state, including the number of low-income households that pay more than half their income for rental homes and the number of homeless people and children without stable housing.  Make sure people in your community – and policymakers – understand the importance of federal rental assistance and why continued funding to help people pay the rent is a top priority in the 2017 and 2018 funding bills. You can also find the updated national summary fact sheet here.

CBPP’s Vouchers Work blog series

CBPP’s “Vouchers Work” blog series  provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Housing vouchers help millions, including families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities, afford decent, stable housing.

Thus far, they’ve have highlighted the important role vouchers play in protecting children from hardship and improving their chances to succeed, providing supportive housing for particularly vulnerable people and preventing and ending homelessness.

Stay tuned as they update this series with more resources and evidence highlighting the necessity of fully funding this crucial program that helps millions of low-income Americans find and keep decent, stable housing.

Homelessness Digital Tool

The Urban Institute has posted a useful digital feature, Homelessness is a Solvable Problem.  It highlights progress on ending homelessness and the good work of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which the Trump Administration has proposed to terminate for fiscal year 2018.