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Connecting Health Services With Affordable Housing

With seniors and disabled people increasingly relying on rental assistance, integrated care programs need to be prioritized.
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Housing assistance programs in the United States are falling far short of meeting a growing demand for aid in the years following the recession. My colleague Kriston Capps previously covered a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that found that federal rental assistance for families with children is at its lowest point in a decade, even as the number of very low-income families with children has increased by 53 percent in the same time frame.

Rental assistance, broadly, takes on two different forms: families either rent a below-market-rate property reserved for low-income tenants (project-based assistance), or receive a voucher to use for a particular unit within a designated cost bracket (tenant-based assistance).