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Barbara Sard
Sard rejoined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as Vice President for Housing Policy in 2011 after 18 months as Senior Advisor on Rental Assistance to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. She previously held the director's position at the Center between 1997 and 2009.

Sard is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the Associated Press.

She has written extensively on welfare, homelessness and housing issues and is considered a leading expert on the housing voucher program, rental assistance, and issues concerning the intersection of housing and welfare policy.

Prior to working at the Center, she was the Senior Managing Attorney of the Housing Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she worked for more than 19 years. Sard has a B.A. in Social Studies from Radcliffe College/Harvard University and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.

Entries by Barbara Sard

Tens of Thousands Apply for Scarce Housing Vouchers

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Five local housing authorities that recently gave low-income residents their first chance in years to get on a waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher received a flood of applications. This is further evidence that the need for affordable housing far outstrips the supply -- and that federal...

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Sheltering America's Children

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 3:46 PM

Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak recently told the story of a homeless mother in the District of Columbia, unemployed due to serious health problems, who used subway trains and buses as overnight shelter for herself and her 2-year-old because they had nowhere else safe to stay.  D.C.'s waiting list...

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