The Case for Universal Rent Assistance

By Alex Schwartz

What happens when, after emergency orders are lifted, all the back rent comes due? As it turns out, the United States already has a tool that can help remedy the problem: the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), a federal rental subsidy program that provides vouchers to cover rent that exceeds 30 percent of a person’s income... The program is already in place; it would only need to be ramped up — a solution that is popular among voters of both parties. Ideally, the program should be available to all who need it.

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