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Rental Assistance: Who Does it Help and How Does it Help Them?

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently published a Chart Book titled Rental Assistance Reduces Hardship, Promotes Children’s Long-Term Success. The charts illustrate who receives rental assistance and the impact of this assistance on U.S. households.

Over half of the population receiving rental assistance is elderly or disabled. Almost 60% of assisted households that are neither elderly nor disabled were employed.

Families that receive rental assistance are four-fifths less likely to experience housing instability and three-quarters less likely to experience homelessness. Rental assistance also prevents almost 1.5 million children from living in poverty. Preventing these children from experiencing housing instability, homelessness, and poverty improves their health, educational attainment, and future earnings.

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