Another Report Confirms Housing Vouchers Can Play Large Role in Reducing Child Poverty

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), a leading non-profit child advocacy organization and Steering Committee member of the campaign, recently released a new report affirming that greater investments in affordable housing are necessary to end child poverty in America. Its second edition of Ending Child Poverty Now updates an earlier study from 2015 and again calls for an immediate reduction in child poverty.
The report found that, by investing an additional 1.4% of the federal budget into existing programs and policies, the nation could cut child poverty by 57% and lift 5.5 million children out of poverty. CDF identified nine policy improvements that could be enacted immediately: expanding housing vouchers; creating transitional jobs; increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); raising the minimum wage; expanding child care assistance; making the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit refundable; changing child support to benefit more children; making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable; and increasing SNAP benefits.
The report finds that expanding housing subsidies would have the single largest impact among the nine, reducing child poverty by 22% and lifting 2.1 million children out of poverty. The report modeled an expansion of housing vouchers for families with children below 150% of the official poverty guidelines who were not already receiving housing assistance and for whom the fair market rent exceeded 50% of their income. This proposal would cost an estimated $22.3 billion annually.
"It is a moral disgrace and profound economic threat that nearly 1 in 5 children are poor in the wealthiest nation on earth," said Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of CDF. "This report calls for an end to child poverty for all children and shows how we can get started now with a 57 percent reduction immediately."
Read The CDF Report

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