Consolidating Rental Assistance Would Increase Efficiency, Expand Opportunity
May 10, 2016 | Publication | Housing
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Consolidating the nearly 3,800 public housing agencies across the United States that serve 3.2 million families through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing programs would greatly increase efficiency, according to a MacArthur-supported report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The large number of agencies relative to households results in increased administrative costs and reduces rental assistance effectiveness. The report recommends the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allow local agencies to merge or form consortiums to share resources and increase families’ abilities to use rental vouchers to live where they choose, including safer neighborhoods that have better schools and access to jobs but may be located in another jurisdiction. 

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