Editorial: Congress should support housing programs

At a time when more Americans need help with housing costs, Congress has been reducing funding for federal housing programs. Lawmakers and the Obama administration need to help these programs and consider new initiatives to aid those who are struggling with unaffordable housing costs, The New York Times writes in an editorial. "These families skimp on food and medical care to make the rent and tend to move often, making it difficult for their children to be successful at school," the editorial says. "They are also more prone to homelessness, which is traumatic for them and extremely costly for the municipalities that run shelters."

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