One of the biggest barriers to economic prosperity for America’s lowest-income families is the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable homes. Research shows that when people have a stable, decent, and accessible home that they can afford, they are better able to find employment, achieve economic mobility, age in place, perform better in school, and maintain improved health.
Proposals to slash federal housing benefits would leave even more low-income people without a stable home, making it harder for them to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity. Congress should reject proposals to take away housing benefits and instead enact proven solutions to help struggling families earn more and get ahead. This starts with expanding—not slashing—investments in affordable homes, job training, education, childcare, and other policies to help families thrive.

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

July 23, 2018

Tell Members of Congress to Oppose Cuts to Housing Benefits

The House Financial Services Committee will vote on Tuesday, July 24 on the “Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act” (H.R. 2069), introduced by Representative Mike Turner (R-OH). The bill would cut housing benefits by imposing work and other requirements on youth aging out of the foster care…

June 20, 2018

Call Your Senators to Oppose Rescission Cuts to Affordable Housing Programs

NLIHC urges advocates and organizations to call their senators and urge them to vote “no” on the “The Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act,” which would cut $15 billion in previously approved funding, including cuts to affordable housing programs. The rescission package would cut…