Research shows federal housing assistance widespread but insufficient

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council, published research on the scope and limitations of federal rental assistance programs. The analysis was conducted using HAC’s data and definition of rural.

Key findings include:

  • When combined, federal rental assistance programs are proportionally distributed based on need and location.
  • Only about 1 in 4 households in need of assistance receive it due to insufficient funding.
  • Half of households receiving federal rental assistance live in suburbs or rural areas.
  • Rural communities more often rely on project-based rental assistance, while suburbs and urban areas see more tenant-based assistance.

For more information and the complete report, visit CBPP’s website.

Funding Limits Keep Rental Assistance from Many Who Need it Most