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The Urban Institute recently published a new report saying federal housing assistance programs aim to ensure recipients have decent, safe and affordable housing, however it claims new policy changes have left these programs falling short of their goals.

In the report, the Urban Institute suggests a need for a serious review of affordable housing policy with a focus on developing a stronger evidence base before attempting large-scale changes to federal housing assistance programs.

The company created the chart below to demonstrate that as housing stability decreases, the need for other public benefits and systems increases.

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(Source: Urban Institute)

The institute noted that this chart does not represent a linear process of housing but rather a range of circumstances.

“In contrast, considerable evidence shows that housing provides the solid ground that promotes well-being and opportunity,” the Urban Institute wrote in its report. “People receiving housing assistance are stably housed, protected from forced moves caused by rising rents or eviction, less likely to experience overcrowding and food insecurity, and less likely to experience homelessness.”

The chart below shows how much families who are severely housing cost burdened are able to spend on essentials versus those who are not housing cost burdened.

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(Source: Joint Centers for Housing Studies of Harvard University, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Urban…