HUD

June 13, 2018

Budget cuts impact would be widespread

The budget bill passed by the Legislature in the waning minutes of the last special session includes across-the-board cuts to agencies and programs throughout state government that would wreak havoc on essential services.

Number of the Day

$16.16 - The hourly rate a Louisiana worker needs to afford a two-bedroom rental without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. (Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)
June 8, 2018

Looking back and looking ahead

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to issue his call for the third special session of 2018 today - or Monday at the latest.

Number of the Day

90,200   - Number of low-income Louisiana children who would be affected by HUD rent increases under Trump Administration’s housing proposal (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
May 3, 2018

Farm bill will hit rural families and economies hardest

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently keeps more than 400,000 households in Louisiana, including 407,000 children, from going hungry. A recent analysis of the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the federal farm bill lays out why it would increase food insecurity and hardship across the country.

Number of the Day

18.3 - percentage of households in Louisiana that are food insecure, which is 5.3 percentage points higher than the U.S. average. (Source: United States Department of Agriculture)
April 6, 2018

Grudging support for TOPS changes

Three bills that would make it harder for students to earn and keep TOPS scholarships advanced from the House Education Committee Thursday. Supporters stressed the need to reform the program in order to reduce costs and avoid cuts in the upcoming fiscal year.

Number of the Day

$25,000 - The annual household income cap for students applying for the original need-based TOPS scholarships, as the program was designed by Patrick Taylor. Today, fewer than 15 percent of students come from the low-income families who earn below $25,000.  (Source: The Advocate)