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Funding for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program: Congressional Talking Points
Advocacy Resource | September 25, 2013
The across-the-board spending cuts known as “sequestration” caused 70,000 fewer families to receive vouchers nationally by the end of 2013 compared with a year earlier. Congress provided enough funding in 2014 to restore fewer than half of these lost vouchers, but the FY 2015 Senate and House Transportation-HUD spending bills won’t even renew all of the vouchers restored in 2014, locking in the sequestration cuts for years to come.
• These cuts hurt individuals, families, and communities.
• Housing Choice Vouchers are a vital resource for vulnerable households.
• Congress should provide sufficient funding to renew all vouchers in use in 2014 –– which will require more funds than the House and Senate bills now propose –– and include an additional $320 million in the FY 2015 funding level for HUD for 40,000 targeted vouchers to restore the remaining losses due to sequestration cuts.
• These 40,000 vouchers should be targeted toward vulnerable households for whom Housing Choice Vouchers are essential to maintain safe, decent, and stable housing:
• I hope that you will work with your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to provide enough funding to cover renewals of all existing vouchers, recover the approximately 40,000 vouchers lost by sequestration, and add 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers.