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Room to Grow: Work Requirements in Public Housing Will Increase Independence and Preserve Resources for the Truly Needy

Housing programs have fallen behind other welfare programs in promoting work and encouraging self-sufficiency. As a result, housing authorities are forced to maintain waiting lists for benefits, leaving seniors and individuals with disabilities waiting years as able-bodied individuals receive benefits for years.

Now is the time to implement work requirements for able-bodied individuals receiving housing benefits. The federal government can do more to signal an end to Obama-era barriers to work requirements through guidance and regulation. States can require PHAs to pursue work requirements just as PHAs can begin implementing work requirements themselves.

Today’s strong economy, a more receptive federal administration, and mounting evidence of work requirements’ success in other programs combine to make this the best moment for bold reform.

At FGA, we don’t just talk about changing policy—we make it happen.

By partnering with FGA through a gift, you can create more policy change that returns America to a country where entrepreneurship thrives, personal responsibility is rewarded, and paychecks replace welfare checks.