Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

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Tenant-Led Organization Fights Back Against Discriminating Landlords

Although it’s technically illegal for landlords to deny housing voucher recipients, tenants around the country have been rejected or charged exorbitant fees for using vouchers.

October 22, 2023 - Next City

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HUD Considering Cash Housing Assistance Pilot

Cash housing assistance in lieu of bureaucracy-laden vouchers could make affordable housing more accessible to low-income households.

September 13, 2023 - Vox

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Texas Law Bars Source of Income Discrimination

The law seeks to address a growing number of HOA regulations that prohibit renting to Section 8 voucher recipients.

September 8, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Boise City Council Defers Source-of-Income Discrimination Ban

The council asked for a more detailed policy, expressing concern about the added burden on smaller landlords and the housing supply.

August 22, 2023 - Boise Dev

San Francisco Apartments

Enforcing Housing Discrimination Laws Falls Largely on Tenants, Nonprofits

With few enforcement mechanisms even in cities that have bans on source-of-income discrimination on the books, it’s up to nonprofit lawyers and tenants to sue landlords for retribution.

May 31, 2023 - Next City

Buckhead, Atlanta

Atlanta Poised to Pass Protections for Voucher Holders

The city council will vote on a proposal to require publicly subsidized landlords to lease units to recipients of housing assistance vouchers.

November 14, 2022 - Atlanta Civic Circle

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Uphill Battle Facing Section 8 Recipients

Housing voucher recipients face a gauntlet of challenges when trying to find housing. Nonprofits are doing their best to streamline the process.

February 28, 2022 - LAist

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How to Make Universal Vouchers Actually Work

If Congress gave the Housing Choice Voucher program enough money to serve every income-eligible applicant, what other reforms would be needed so every voucher recipient could find a decent home in a suitable area?

October 28, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

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How Federal Incentives Can Increase Access for Section 8 Recipients

Landlords are the focus of a proposed bill that would provide extra perks for accepting Housing Choice vouchers.

May 28, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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HUD Toolkit Supports Landlords Supporting Residents Through the Coming Economic Hardships

The eviction moratorium put into effect by the CARES Act, applying to residents in public housing authority and Housing Choice Voucher programs, is set to expire later this month.

July 16, 2020 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Boston's Deeply Discriminatory Rental Market Ignores Black Renters

A new study documents staggering racial bais in the Boston rental market and compares the racial disparities among prospective tenants seeking housing in 2018 and 2019.

July 7, 2020 - The Boston Globe


Baltimore Anti-Discrimination Bill a 'Half-Measure'

Baltimore's City Council has banned source-of-income housing discrimination, but the bill leaves landlords a way out.

May 23, 2019 - Next City

Denver, Colorado

Denver Law Would End Source-of-Income Discrimination

The law would prohibit Denver landlords from refusing Section 8 vouchers as rental payment.

July 5, 2018 - Denverite

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New HUD Rule Could Redefine the Geography of Section 8 Voucher Payments

A new rule will make it easier to send vouchers for rent assistance to wealthier neighborhoods. The Trump Administration is not a willing partner in this effort.

January 29, 2018 - Next City

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Section 8 Changes Would Send More Rent Subsidies to Wealthy Neighborhoods

Proposed changes could have a profound impact on the two million American households receiving rent subsidies through the Section 8 voucher program.

June 17, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

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An Interview with HUD Secretary Julian Castro

"We use housing as a platform to create greater opportunity in people's lives."

August 24, 2015 - The Diane Rehm Show

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Housing Choice Voucher Holders Still Face Barriers to Mobility

Voucher recipients live in slightly better neighborhoods than the average poor household, but they still live in economically and racially segregated neighborhoods with poor-performing schools.

August 24, 2015 - Brookings Institute

How Landlords Segregate Neighborhoods

Exploring the persistence of racial segregation as a result of U.S. housing policies—policies intended to break patterns of segregation, not reproduce them.

June 10, 2015 - The Atlantic

Implementing Housing Vouchers for Veterans

A look at what HUD-VASH supportive housing vouchers can do, from the perspective of one of the agencies administering them.

March 14, 2015 - Shelterforce

A Modest Proposal for Improving Federal Housing Aid

Although the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is one of the federal government's most effective housing programs, its administration by local public housing agencies limit its ability to de-concentrate poverty. A new report proposes a solution.

October 2, 2013 - The Washington Post

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