We’ve updated our December report urging policymakers to provide a large funding boost to renew housing vouchers in 2017. It now includes the potential impact of funding shortfalls in every state. Under a continuing resolution that freezes voucher funding for all of 2017 at last year’s level, for example, vouchers for more than 100,000 families would be unfunded, a loss of assistance that would be greater than what the 2013 sequestration cuts caused. Larger states like Florida, California, New Jersey, and North Carolina would lose the most vouchers, but smaller states like Maine and West Virginia would also lose rental assistance for hundreds of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children. For more information, see the updated report here.
Register for CBPP Webinar, “Treacherous Road Ahead: Outlook for Federal Housing Funding and Policy”
The safety net – including federal housing assistance – is facing the gravest threats in our lifetimes, and the road ahead will be unpredictable as well as difficult. In a webinar at 2 pm (ET) on Thursday, February 16, CBPP staff Barbara Sard and Doug Rice will guide participants through the challenging terrain of federal housing funding and policy in 2017, with an eye towards identifying key threats, opportunities, and decision points.
To register for the free webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/809259630108777729.
Budget Relief Should Go Equally to Defense and Non-Defense
The House may soon consider a bill to fund the Defense Department for the rest of fiscal year 2017, and the bill may give defense some relief from the sequestration budget cuts without doing the same for non-defense programs. As our colleague, David Reich, explains, to do so would be to break an essential principle of parity that Congress has adhered to since the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011. This principle has played a key role in mitigating budget cuts to housing assistance and community development programs.