Federal Housing Budget, Policies and Programs


Our communities rely on local and state programs that often include public money. Most programs use a range of revenue sources, but the federal government funds are critical. 

While we can – and should - debate the appropriate role of government in the housing market, the fact is that over the last 80+ years, since the Great Depression, federal policies have evolved to better match housing market supply and demand. This involvement is necessary because the unincentivized private market simply cannot produce and sustain an adequate supply of homes available for lower-income households.

Today federal housing and community development programs provide essential capital, subsidies and incentives so that providers and developers, both for-profit and not-for-profit, can afford to offer more affordable homes.

While they don’t often make the evening news, many of these private/public partnerships are proven to be effective. They amount to an industry. It is an important and under-recognized sector of the economy, which, like homebuilding, generates jobs, economic activity and demand for products manufactured throughout the Commonwealth, all of which stays local. In fact, the Econsult Corporation found that every $1 invested in multifamily rehabilitation generates $2.28 in new money.

Some of the federal housing programs that work to help our communities are:

  • Public Housing
  • CDBG formula grants                                   
  • HOME                                               
  • Housing counseling                                       
  • Section  202                                                   
  • Section 811
  • USDA Rural Housing programs


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Housing the homeless can save money

Giving apartments to the chronically homeless can save taxpayer dollars, advocates say.
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Check Out this Game that Shows How a Homeless Assistance System Works

The game mimics in a simplified way how a homelessness assistance system works, and is based on actual data from communities.
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Braving the cold to bring warmth

From a headquarters at the Broad Street Ministry, on Broad near Pine, the 98 teams of volunteers from Philly COUNTS embarked on their annual survey.
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Senators urge Fannie, Freddie to aid lower-income households

More than 30 Democrats in the U.S. Senate called for the regulator of government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to direct the companies to resume contributions for affordable housing initiatives.
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Rental Assistance Helps Veterans Fight Homelessness

Rental assistance helps about 340,000 veterans afford decent homes and has been central to recent reductions in homelessness among veterans.
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Homeless count of unsheltered sets fed. funding

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development collects data from the national Point In Time Homeless Count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless.
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The Promise of Promise Zones

Promise Zones represent a sharp departure from the federal government’s failed community development approach of the past.
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