Thursday, June 2, 2011

Housing Groups Continue to Defend HUD’s HOME Program

Across the country, housing advocates, including NHC, united in support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME program which the Washington Post attacked last month for project delays and overall program inefficiency. The incomplete reporting of the Post failed to address the strong track record of the HOME program in creating more than one million affordable homes and providing more than 240,000 families with rental assistance.

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), a Massachusetts-based affordable housing and community development organization, issued a response highlighting HOME as a necessary funding tool for affordable housing in Massachusetts. In addition, CHAPA refutes claims made by Ed Glaeser in his Boston Globe op-ed that HOME and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs are “wasteful” because the housing they produce is not needed or can be provided by the private sector. CHAPA recognizes that “access to housing for low- and moderate-income households most often requires some form of public investment” and “the HOME Program is a positive example of this kind of investment.”

Read CHAPA’s response here

Learn more about NHC’s position on the HOME program.

Read the Washington Post articles.

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