Two recent articles explore key issues in providing housing to low-income families. The August 10th Washington Post notes increasing demand for the very programs the Trump Administration seeks to limit. The August 4th Washington Post op-ed piece seeks to encourage owners to work with poor renters.“Millions of poor families could benefit from housing aid Trump wants to cut”- The Washington Post, 8/10/17This article is one of many in the press demonstrating the importance of HUD’s affordable housing programs. Referencing a recent HUD report on the matter, the article notes that the number of households that struggle to pay rent, or live in terrible conditions, has grown by 41% nationally since the Great Recession, despite continued economic growth. Additionally, the article notes that 8.3 million households classified as “very-low income” qualified for, but did not receive, Federal aid, due to an overall shortage in resources. “Stop vilifying landlords who rent to the homeless”- The Washington Post, 8/4/17An OpEd piece, the author calls attention to some important points in the local Housing Choice voucher program, as well as current attitudes towards landlords who accept housing vouchers. The author discusses the struggles of residents and challenges landlords face from the public. While an expression of that writer's opinion, the article raises the point that private entities should not be shunned as they attempt to work with housing programs.
Prepared with assistance of Benjamin M. Price, MPP