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S. 291 (116th): Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2019

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Should families receiving government assistance for housing be encouraged to move to more well-off neighborhoods?


The government’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program was created in 1937 during the Great Depression to help low-income families afford housing costs. A person or family receiving the voucher chooses their own residence (as long as it meets the program’s requirement), and a housing subsidy is paid to the landlord. Recipients only have to pay about 30 percent of housing costs.

A 2015 Harvard study found that voucher recipients who move to better-off neighborhoods were better educated and later earned more. Yet a House Financial Services Committee report found that the program has not been as effective as it could be. Lower-income families receiving the voucher did not move out of lower-income ...

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Todd Young

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Indiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019
Length: 9 pages
Jan 31, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 31, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


5 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

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H.R. 1122 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Mar 11, 2019



Jan 31, 2019

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S. 291 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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