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

May 28, 2019

HUD Secretary Carson Testifies at House Oversight Hearing

HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified on May 21 at a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing. Secretary Carson was pressed by lawmakers on HUD’s recent actions to roll back fair housing protections, cut housing benefits, eliminate programs, delay disaster recovery funds, and prohibit…

January 30, 2019

Concrete Steps Congress Can Take To Solve America’s Housing Crisis

The National Low Income Housing Coalition released today Opportunities to End Homelessness and Housing Poverty in the 116th Congress, a memo to incoming senators and representatives on concrete steps they can take to help address one of the most critical issues facing extremely low income families…

December 17, 2018

Congress Strips Additional Work Requirements for SNAP before Passing Farm Bill

Congress passed an $867 billion farm bill, after a proposal that would have made cuts and placed stronger work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) benefits program was rejected. The House approved the bill by a vote of 369-47 after the Senate had…