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Section 8 Voucher Funding and Reform
|Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (the “Housing Choice Voucher program”) is the primary program assisting extremely low-income people with the cost of housing. Ongoing efforts aim to streamline and enhance the program.|
In mid-March, Congress passed final fiscal year (FY) 2013 legislation that, after sequestration, will provide $17.949 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance. This includes $75 million for an estimated 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers for homeless veterans. The legislation also included $8.864 billion, after sequestration, for Project-Based Rental Assistance. In his FY 2014 Budget Proposal, the President recommended providing $20 billion for Tenant-Based Renal Assistance, including $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers and $111 million for new mainstream vouchers provided by the Section 811 Program. The President's proposed funding level includes a significant increase in administrative fees for the program. The budget proposal also includes a significant increase for the Project-Based Rental Assistance voucher program to $1.427 billion. The proposed funding levels for both Tenant-Based Rental Assistance and Project-Based Rental Assistance are intended to ensure that the approximately 3.4 million households currently using the programs continue to be served. The House and Senate will release their own versions of the FY 2014 legislation in the coming weeks.
Last spring, in an effort to move forward with various reforms of the Section 8 program, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity released the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act (AHSSIA), which includes a variety of changes to the Section 8 Program, including most notably an increase in minimum rents to $69.45. However, since the bill was never formally introduced in the House, the bill died at the end of the 112th Congress. Due to the cost savings produced by the legislation, it is possible that it will be revisited in the 113th Congress. The President's Budget Proposal also includes a series of legislative changes to the programs intended to streamline and enhance them.
About the Section 8 Program
About Reform Efforts
Reform of the Housing Choice Voucher program for the first time in ten years would help the program continue to provide affordable housing to millions of households, while using federal resources more efficiently. For a more in-depth analysis of proposals as they are available and other information, please see the National Low Income Housing Coalition's webpage.