HUD officials are in the process of revising the agency’s mission statement. Affordable housing supporters were upset to hear that a commitment to fair housing and ending housing discrimination were not included in the draft statement. Fair housing advocates raised objections, and a few days later HUD Secretary Ben Carson felt compelled to affirm the … Continue reading HUD Proposes Changing Mission Statement
On December 7th, 2017, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced a new initiative called EnVision Centers. The goal of the EnVision Center initiative is to bring together programs and services for HUD assisted families to become self-sufficient and no longer need government assisted housing. When talking about the reason for the EnVision Center Demonstration initiative, Carson claims … Continue reading HUD’s New Initiative for Self-Sufficiency
The proposed Trump Administration Fiscal Year 2019 budget would not only make it difficult for housing providers to serve their current tenants, but new policies would also require residents to pay more and work for their housing. The Administration is preparing a legislative proposal that will increase tenant rent contributions in federally assisted housing … Continue reading Trump FY 19 Budget Proposes Increase to Tenant Contributions and Work Requirements
Many of our readers have commented on the Trump Administration’s affordable housing cuts proposed for FY 2019. A common comment is that Section 8 and other programs are cut to save billions, but the minimum wage is not being raised. It’s been the same for years but rents keep going up. What is the minimum … Continue reading Would Raising the Minimum Wage Help Low-Income Renters Move Out of Poverty?
Editor’s Note: Tell your Congressperson to fully fund America’s affordable housing needs by taking a minute to complete the form here. The Trump Administration’s FY 19 budget proposes drastic cuts to HUD and USDA housing programs. It would eliminate almost all direct grant and loan programs that build and repair affordable housing, under-fund rental assistance and … Continue reading Trump FY 19 Budget Makes Drastic Cuts in Housing and Safety Net Programs