Urban Institute Report: The Case for More, Not Less
Recent proposals, including the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the administration's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's A Better Way plan, threaten deep cuts and signifcant changes to housing assistance. These funding and policy changes will decrease the funds for the preservation and creation of affordable housing, reduce the amount of assistance available, and may undermine the stability of those currently on assistance.
This report provides an overview of the current landscape of housing assistance, its central role in the safety net, and the evidence on contemporary policy proposals. The report highlights several critical gaps in our knowledge that suggest we need a serious review of affordable housing policy with a focus on developing a stronger evidence base before attempting large-scale changes to federal housing assistance programs.