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S. 291: 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)

Introduced on Jan 31, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 31, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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



Jan 31, 2019

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