From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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.
The next meeting of the Columbus Housing Dialogue will discuss recent research into homelessness among young mothers. Professor Natasha Slesnick conducts research on intervention development with homeless youth and families. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and one book. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she moved to Columbus, Ohio and opened her second drop-in center.
Title: “Housing young homeless mothers: Some findings”
Presenter: Natasha Sleznick, Professor at The Ohio State University
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
Location: MORPC, Scioto Conference Room
Address: 111 Liberty Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Areas of Expertise
- Homeless youth, homeless families, substance using mothers
- Substance use treatment (family therapy, MET, CRA)
- Intervention/service development and evaluation (outreach and advocacy)
- Suicide prevention
The HOPE SF program is aiming to explicitly avoid many of the problems mixed-income public housing redevelopments have faced, to create a truly inclusive process.
Read the full article here on Shelterforce.org
Hunter’s View, the first development in HOPE SF to have construction and occupancy of mixed-income units. (Courtesy of Mark Joseph.)
As the affordable housing crisis and issues of social and racial inequality once again gain national attention across the United States, the HOPE SF housing redevelopment initiative represents a unique effort to ensure that the poorest residents of San Francisco are not excluded from the benefits of that city’s economic growth and vitality.
In 2007, San Francisco joined Atlanta and Chicago as the third U.S. city to launch a high profile mixed-income transformation of a substantial portion of its public housing stock. The federal government had already begun to promote mixed-income development in the mid-1990s as a means of deconcentrating the poverty that had been segregated into isolated, socially, and physically deteriorating public housing developments. For about a decade and a half, much of this redevelopment was funded through the HOPE VI program, with over $6 billion awarded to over 240 revitalization projects nationwide. Under the Obama administration, HOPE VI has been phased out and replaced with the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI), which adds a broader focus on neighborhood-wide development and a more intensive focus on resident services.
HOPE SF, designed and launched as a locally funded initiative after San Francisco failed to secure HOPE VI funding, tackles individual-level, development-level, and neighborhood-level transformation simultaneously, which subsequently landed the project a $30 million CNI implementation grant and two $300,000 planning grants.
Read the full article here on Shelterforce.org
This story has been reposted from WOSU.
By ESTHER HONIG • WOSU
Across the U.S. the cost of rent has risen as more people prefer renting over homeownership. The rental market in Columbus has continued to grow, but higher prices have left fewer options for the city’s most vulnerable residents.
According to new research by the Urban Institute, Franklin County has only 24 affordable housing units for every 100 extremely low-income renter households–families of four that make less than $20,000 a year. Research Associate Reed Jordan says there are about 59,000 people in Franklin County and only 14,000 available rental units that they can afford. This leaves many households susceptible to eviction and with less money for things like food, healthcare and education.
Read full story here.
Some Columbus-area landlords say inconsistent and overreaching inspections of Section 8 rentals are scaring away property owners.“We’ve seen (Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority) inspectors and the culture in general deteriorate,” said local property manager Peter Lohmann. “The goal is to have low-income folks have a safe place to live.
“They’re scaring away quality landlords. Inspectors are too empowered.”
The housing authority administers the Section 8 housing-voucher program that subsidizes rents for low-income residents in privately owned housing.
Read the full article at The Columbus Dispatch.