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Senator Todd Young bipartisan housing mobility bill passes in the budget deal

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Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are announcing that the Senate has voted to pass their bipartisan housing legislation, which will incentivize greater choice and mobility in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act was included in the larger government funding bill which passed the Senate last week and was subsequently signed into law.

“Evidence shows that Housing Choice Vouchers as currently implemented fail to meet their mobility goals,” according to a joint statement released on Thursday. “This legislation authorizes a demonstration to help families receiving housing vouchers move to areas with greater opportunities.”

“Three out of five of today’s children live in a distressed zip code, hindering their access to opportunity and ingraining them in the generational cycle of poverty,” Young said. “This bill, which is now law, will help families live and work in areas that offer more opportunity, lower crime, and more suitable housing.”

“As we work to make sure families have access to affordable housing, we must also ensure that people have the ability to relocate to areas that are closer to a new job or their child’s school,” Van Hollen said. “Sen. Young and I have a bipartisan proposal to do just that, and I’m pleased that it has been included in the Conference Committee’s funding package. This is a win-win for families in Maryland and across our country, expanding opportunities and accessibility.”

The Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act requires public housing authorities (PHAs) to submit a regional housing mobility plan detailing how the proposed group will assist families in moving to higher opportunity areas. It also authorizes HUD to award demonstration program funds on a competitive basis and prioritize regional collaborations among PHAs that have high concentrations of voucher holders in low-opportunity neighborhoods and an adequate number of moderately-priced rental units in higher-opportunity areas, an existing high-performing Family Self Sufficiency program, or a strong regional collaboration including one or more small housing agencies, among other factors.


Posted 2/22/2019




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