New reports by a variety of organizations – the National League of Cities, Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and National Low-Income Housing Coalition – evaluate the current state of affordable housing form distinct perspectives. Importantly, each study cites the importance of housing to self-sufficiency, health outcomes, and educational opportunities.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)’s new report, “Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available,” discusses the chronic underfunding of child care and housing assistance programs, which are fundamental to supporting low-income children’s health and development, parental employment, and other positive life outcomes.
A recent report from New York University’s Furman Center describes the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) housing portfolio’s important role in the city’s efforts to maintain economic and racial diversity and preserve affordable housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.
As part of a Congressional request to review the federal government’s response to the 2017 hurricanes, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a performance audit report on Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds that were awarded to Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
In March, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on improvements for HUD’s physical inspection process. The report followed a provision in the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act that instructed the GAO to report on the Real Estate Assessment Center’s (REAC) methods for identifying property deficiencies, selecting and training inspectors, and their oversight of these processes.
On March 14, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released their annual report The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes. The report finds concrete evidence of an affordable housing crisis: there is a shortage of seven million (or fewer than 4 for every 10) affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters. Furthermore, no state or major metropolitan area has enough rental housing for the nation’s lowest-income individuals and families.