Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rising Housing Costs Are a Factor in Hunger

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rising Housing Costs Are a Factor in Hunger

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Though presidential debate moderators failed to ask a single question about it, a top issue on most voters' minds this election season is affordable housing (according to an Ipsos Public Affairs July poll). With wages mostly stagnant while housing costs rapidly rise, millions of Americans (and 23,000 households in Pittsburgh) are paying more than half their income on housing. This is part of what's driving hunger and poverty, particularly for children and seniors.

The effectiveness of federal anti-poverty programs is clear. Investment in (rather than frozen funding of) key housing programs would help give struggling households a boost the way flexible funding for food stamps did during the recession. Unfortunately, Congress' largest housing subsidy, the mortgage interest tax deduction, primarily goes to families making $100,000 or more. Meanwhile, half of homeowners with mortgages - most of them middle- and lower-income families - receive nothing. …

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