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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Seqestration: Federal Government Accellerates New Homelessness
Housing News Update:
Sequestration Cuts Impact On Housing
hopefuls are about to get some unpleasant news.
After long waits,
and finally receiving Section 8 housing vouchers, hundreds of families will soon
find out they’re being placed back on the waiting list.
reports on the exclusive details.
“No it don’t
surprise me,” tenant Keanca Doucet said. “Nothing surprises me that goes on back
here with HANO; nothing.”
She’s frustrated, to
say the least, with the Housing Authority of New Orleans.
And given HANO’s
recent move she can expect company.
More than 700
families who’ve recently received Section 8 housing vouchers are finding out
that they will have to get back in line and wait all over again.
How could this
happen? “It’s because of budget cuts and because HANO is currently not able to
subsidize those vouchers,” HANO Public Information Officer Leslie Thomas
In a letter being
mailed to applicants this weekend, HANO explains a number of circumstances,
including an over subscription of vouchers and budget cuts are causing recently
issued vouchers to be withdrawn effective immediately.
HANO does not have
sufficient federal funds to subsidize additional apartments; at the current
time, or the near future.
“It’s important for
me to say the 17,000, plus families who are on the Section 8 program that are
currently being assisted and currently have subsidized vouchers are not being
effected in any way,” Thomas explained.
In other words, only
the 700 families who were in the process of finally finding Section 8 housing
will have to be placed back on the waiting list in their original
WGNO News has
learned some of the applicants had been waiting for as long as 4
“I think it’s wrong,
just like I said the first time,” HANO voucher holder Doris Dawson said. “That’s
not right at all, you know, “What are those people going to do?”
Back at the soon to
be demolished Iberville Housing Projects, help from HANO to move out has been
have to be out by April 5th.
Trotter asked, “What
are you going to do? Aint nothing to do but wait,” Doucet said. “They have to
put me out cuz I ain’t leaving; I don’t have no money.”
WGNO News has
learned families already receiving assistance take priority.
“We have to wait, so
they have to wait.”
In the letter
applicants will receive between Saturday and Monday — HANO apologizes for any
disruption or disappointment the withdrawal will cause.
Huntsville Housing Authority by 5 percent, CEO Michael Landy said
on March 25, 2013 at
3:46 PM, updated March 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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- Sequestration has hit the Huntsville
Housing Authority by wiping out about 5 percent of its budget for 2014,
executive director and CEO Michael Lundy said today.
authority commission today approved a $10.1 million budget for the 2014 fiscal
year that begins April 1. Lundy told the commission, however, that the
across-the-board federal budget cuts - known as sequestration - cost HHA about
meeting, Lundy said the authority is operating on about 76 percent of the budget
"We are estimating
we're going to lose about $1.6 million," said Lundy, adding that sequestration
is responsible for cutting the HHA budget by about 5 percent. "What that means
for our program is we won't be able to serve as many people."
Lundy said that, as
a result of the cuts, the housing authority will be serving "about 300 less
people than we currently serve now" as part of the federal Section 8 housing
(Santa Clara County,
Housing Authority of
the County of Santa Clara Confirms $21 Million Cut in Section 8 Funding Will
Bring Hardship to County's Poorest Families
1,500 households in
Santa Clara County may lose their housing this year due to a $21 million cut
from the HACSC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Lost in the recent
sequester battle in Washington is the hope of more than 30,000 low-income San
Diegans to get federal rent relief after years of waiting.
While current aid
recipients are not affected, future beneficiaries face more than a year of
When Congress failed
to reverse the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts ordered under the 2011
sequestration budget legislation, the Department of Housing and Urban
Development advised local housing authorities to cut 5 percent from this year’s
Housing Choice Vouchers, or Section 8, program.
Rick Gentry, chief
executive officer of the San Diego Housing Commission, said that cut translates
locally into nearly $7.4 million deducted from this year’s allocation of $147.5
million. Other housing authorities in the county face similar
At $850 per month in
average rent support, that means 723 families who will not be served by the
housing commission, at least for the time being.
“The effect of the
sequester will not be abrupt here — it will not be catastrophic and there will
be no families receiving a subsidy harmed or affected at all, at least
initially,” Gentry said.
There are 14,626
households currently receiving aid, and their vouchers are secure, Gentry
Every month, about
50 vouchers are relinquished as recipients move, die or no longer need
assistance. Typically, the vouchers are then transferred to the applicants at
the top of the 30,000-person waiting list, who in some cases have waited seven
years or longer to get aid.
But since Jan. 1,
Gentry said, no new vouchers have been granted because of the sequester. That
moratorium will likely continue for 14½ months, into early 2014, assuming the
sequester isn’t repealed and further budget cuts aren’t adopted.
Federal Cuts Mean
Local Housing Authorities Face Budget Reductions
The effects of
federal budget cuts are hitting home.
The $85 billion in
mandatory cuts known as the sequester is hacking into
housing authority budgets throughout the state and shrinking the value of
8 vouchers that poor people use to pay the
bulk of their rent.
Waiting lists for
the scarce and valuable vouchers will remain long, and housing advocates say
some needy people could be pushed into homelessness.
"It's a horrible
situation for us. It's causing a lot of undue stress around here, I'll tell you
that," Vernon Housing Authority Executive Director Jeffrey Arn said. "We work
all year to help as many people as we can, and we had our program running just
how we wanted it — we were actually growing the program a little bit — and now
we're going to take a huge hit."
HUD has told housing
authority executives to expect 94 percent of the amount they were to get in
housing assistance payments, which go to poor tenants and landlords who rent
subsidized apartments. HUD has also said that the fees housing authorities
receive for administering those payments will be cut by about 31 percent,
forcing the agencies to make tough decisions. Some directors say they may have
to remove people from the program.
Connecticut Housing Coalition has already heard from people whose recently
awarded vouchers were rescinded, agency Executive Director Betsy Crum said.
Thousands of people in the state are on waiting lists to get Section 8 aid, Crum
having impact on public aid agencies
Johnson City Housing Authority executive director, said HUD funding for both
public housing and Section 8 rent vouchers administered by the JCHA were both
reduced by 10 percent for March. April’s funding for the authority’s Section 8
vouchers restored that 10 percent cut and April’s funding for public housing has
not yet been allocated.
McClain said HUD
apparently made the March cuts in anticipation of sequestration and he
speculated the federal housing agency “rolled over” unspent funding from its
2012 budget to make up for the March sequestration cut to Section 8.
(County of Los
hits home for many of L.A.'s poor
Tens of thousands of Los Angeles County's
low-income renters could see a loss in their housing subsidy because of the
federal sequester, leading to higher rent payments and a spike in homelessness,
according to local officials.
City and county officials are in Washington
D.C. this week lobbying to try to soften the blow of the cuts, pushing for
permission to increase rents so they don't have to throw most recipients off the
"This is absolutely going to hurt the most
vulnerable people in LA county," said Sean Rogan, who heads the L.A. County
housing authority, HACoLA.
Among those most vulnerable are people like
Sylvia Juarez, a 39-year-old single mother of six, who has been on Section 8
housing subsidies for a year, receiving $1,825 in assistance for a three-bedroom
Panorama City apartment after escaping an abusive relationship.
Juarez can work only part-time as a
hairdresser because her two youngest children have health problems, but she
found out last week that she would have to pay $100 more in rent each month,
doubling the amount she pays out of her own pocket.
"With six kids, that would definitely make a
big impact," she said while seeking help at the emergency food bank at MEND-Meet
Each Need with Dignity, in Pacoima.
"It's going to be a struggle but I need the
housing, so I have to figure out a way to get that money," she added. "I have no
Rogan and Douglas Guthrie, who heads the city
authority, HACLA, are meeting with federal housing officials and members of
Congress this week.
"(The sequester) brings funding for public
housing and Section 8 programs down to the lowest level in their history,"
Guthrie pointed out.
"Los Angeles has the largest homeless
population in the U.S.," he added. "We've put a lot of resources into addressing
that, and made progress, but much of it will be lost because of these enormous
He said the sequester slashed funding for
HACoLA's Section 8 program by about $15 million this year.
It has already prevented him from issuing 300
vouchers that would have provided poor families and individuals with an average
of $890 in rent money each month.
In October, Rogan said, he may also be forced
to terminate vouchers held by 500 to 1,800 households.
Trying to prevent that, he met repeatedly
with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials this week,
seeking authority to have all of HACoLA's 22,000 voucher holders pay more toward
"I'm effectively asking HUD to allow me to
increase all my voucher holders' rent payments by about 5 percent - which is the
sequestration amount - so I don't have to terminate anybody," Rogan said.
"Spread the pain."
"If it comes down to us having to terminate
vouchers, we've exempted seniors, the homeless and our special needs
population," he added. "We would terminate those who've been on the program the
longest and have received the greatest benefit."
HACLA, on the other hand, is poised to notify
24,000 of its 45,000 voucher holders next week that they may have to pay
$100-$200 more toward their rent each month.
The increase - which is more than 5 percent -
will not kick in for everyone at once. Voucher holders will be hit with the new
rates when they recertify their eligibility for the program.
Guthrie said the hike is needed because
HACLA's Section 8 program will lose $40 million this year. He worries, however,
that many won't be able to afford it.
Those who qualify for vouchers are typically
disabled, seniors, veterans and extremely low-income families and individuals
who subsist on less than $14,000 a year.
Section 8 was intended to help them spend
only 30 percent of their household income on rent.
"For a family paying $200 in rent to see that
rate go up, all of a sudden, to $300 a month - that's, at the very least,
extremely disruptive and we're very concerned," Guthrie said.
"Those who can't afford it may have to find
another place that charges less rent, or move in with family and friends," he
added. "Ultimately, it's pushing people out of the system and potentially into
Larry Gross, executive director of the
Coalition for Economic Survival, a tenants' rights organization, called the
sequester a "one-two punch to the gut of low-income people."
"It's sort of like an economic tsunami, and
the impact is going to be on the most vulnerable," he added. "The Section 8 cuts
are essentially making them walk the plank, and many will fall."
HACLA's Section 8 program director Peter Lynn
said the agency is reaching out to landlords to see if they can negotiate rents
downward, but he conceded this might be difficult.
On top of the cuts to their Section 8, public
housing, and other programs, HACoLA and HACLA will also have to endure cuts to
their administrative budgets - which means layoffs and furloughs for their
already depleted staffs effective this month.
Guthrie said HACLA could shed as many as 80
employees, bringing its staff down to about 700 - only half as many as it had
four years ago. Rogan said HACoLA eliminated 66 positions last year, and could
lose more this year.
Worried about the sequester, Supervisor Don
Knabe asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to urge Washington D.C. officials
to protect the county's safety net.
"Our leaders at the federal level must come
to agreement on a balanced, sensible budget," he said. "We don't need more
rhetoric - we need compromise and thoughtful solutions."
There are 1,225 subsidized or fully provided
public housing units in Kokomo. That is a lot of people relying upon government
for one of their primary needs. The Kokomo Housing Authority (KHA) provides the
facilities and administers the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds that
make it possible.
With the arrival of sequestration, the KHA
will have to do more with a lot less.
According to KHA executive director Debra
Cook, her organization took a 20-percent cut in funding in public housing
dollars as well as in Section 8 administration funding. And she has no idea if
this is temporary or if it will get better or worse in coming months.
“Our budget was approved for 2013, but in
January we got 92 percent of what was approved,” said Cook. “In March, we got 81
percent in public housing funds. We don’t know if this is temporary, or if that
is going to be the standard for the rest of the year. It’s hard to do long-range
planning and projects when you’re not sure how the funding is going to
“We have Section 8 vouchers as well, and we
got 80 percent of the approved budget there. We’re getting hit in public housing
and in administration.”
Cook explained that there was no warning that
the cuts would hit or how deep they would be. HUD sends a letter each month
indicating the funding that will be provided, and that letter often arrives
after the month has begun. Even the HUD office in Indianapolis was left in the
dark on the sequestration impact until it arrived.
housing authority also faces sequestration cuts
A service that thousands of county residents
rely on will also be hit by federal sequestration cuts.
The Housing Authority of Monterey County said
this week it will lose roughly $850,000 in federal money and are unsure what its
final budget will be for the rest of the year.
"We're operating in the blind," said Lynn
Santos, the authority's finance director.
About $30 million goes into the county each
year by way of Section 8 funds — money given to landlords for individuals who
need assistance paying rent.
Santos said cuts could mean the current
number of tenants it gives assistance to — 3,700 county residents — would be
reduced and the already large waiting list would grow.
"Clearly cuts of this size are not
sustainable when you consider that the 2014 budget could include additional
cuts," she said.
The only thing the authority knows for sure
is 31 percent of its Section 8 administration fees, which primarily pays for its
82-person staff and office expenses, will be cut.
The amount for administration this is $2.8
million, but Santos warns that number could lower when they get a 2013 budget
from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
HUD also gives the housing authority $550,00
for public housing units and $367,000 for its Pueblo Del Mar project at Fort
Housing Authority of
Joliet could be hit by sequestration cuts
By Bob Okon
email@example.com March 21, 2013 6:38PM
Updated: March 21,
Authority of Joliet has warned workers of possible layoffs because of the impact
of the sequestration budget cuts in the federal government.
The cuts amount to
at least $500,000, said Interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Simelton. But it
could be much more after the total impact is calculated, he said.
Management will meet
with unions to determine if there are alternatives to layoffs, Simelton
sought by management, he said, would be for employees to begin paying something
toward health insurance premiums. Workers now do not make a contribution toward
health insurance, he said.
And, Simelton said,
“There are going to have to be some furloughs.”
The federal cuts are
coming in the form of housing subsidies. The government sets formulas based on
income to determine how much residents pay for public housing. The remainder of
the money is supplied by the housing authority, and most of it comes from the
But the government
has notified the housing authority that subsidies for public housing are going
down to 73 percent of what the tenant does not pay, Simelton said. That
percentage had been at 92 percent.
For Section 8
housing, the federal subsidy will go down to 69 percent. It had been at 80
percent, Simelton said.
sequestration budget cuts will shred the housing safety net
Because of federal budget cuts, the El Paso
Housing Authority says it is dropping 100 families from its Housing Choice
Voucher (Section 8) program effective March 31.
Those families will be allowed to move into
Letters notifying the 100 families who live
in private housing and their landlords went out March 1. They were signed by
Gerald Cichon, CEO of the El Paso Housing Authority.
"Between now and December 2013, an additional
200 housing choice vouchers will be cut through attrition," the authority said
Wednesday in a statement. "This means that as families naturally leave the HCV
Program, the vouchers will not be reissued to the families on the HCV wait
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
permits families to receive subsidy vouchers that they can use to live in homes
or apartments belonging to landlords who participate in the program. The average
monthly HCV-Section 8 subsidy is $504, and it can range from $20 to $700 per
family, depending on the size and income of the family.
Shane Griffith, spokesman for the authority,
said 5,200 families and 1,900 landlords are in the program.
Griffith stressed that none of the 100
families who are being dropped from the HCV/Section 8 program will be turned out
into the street. In selecting which families to drop first, Griffith said the
authority is following its policy of terminating those who've been in a program
[[[The authority manages one of the largest
affordable housing programs in the nation for low-income families. It has a $75
million budget, about 450 employees, 6,500 public housing units, and 5,300
Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers.]]]
MUSCATINE, Iowa —If
you’re one of the families that needs Section 8 housing, sequestration has more
than likely just pulled up the “welcome” mat. That’s the most
acute effect that across-the-board spending cuts are having on local government
— namely, at the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency. “We are 99 percent
federally funded,” said Dick Yerington, the city’s housing administrator. “These
are the worst cuts we’ve seen in 35 years. It’s not a pretty thing.” Yerington said he’s
already trimmed $162,000 — about 7 percent of his department’s $2,205,400 budget
— for the 2013 calendar year. About half those cuts — $83,000 — are in Section 8
housing assistance payments. Currently, 364
low-income families are in the program, Yerington said, but the cuts will mean
that, through attrition, only about 340 families can be served.
[[[Reducing the Section
8 payment standard for two-bedroom and larger units, which the city council will
consider during its meeting this evening]]]
— Several local programs that receive federal funds through the city are facing
reductions in their allocations for the final quarter of this fiscal year
because of federal budget sequestration.
Since the cuts will have to be
implemented over just a three-month period, City Manager Michael V. O’Brien said
they will have a four times greater impact on programs than had the cuts been
made at the beginning of the year.
Automatic, across-the-board spending
reductions triggered by sequestration are expected to amount to an 8.2 percent
cut in federal funding coming to the city, he said.
The manager said that
would equate to more than $675,000 cuts to the following programs: community
Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant,
Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, and Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard
The programs that will be affected by the funding cuts include
food pantries, affordable housing programs, after-school programs, social
service case management and homelessness prevention, he
sequestration fallout affecting GHA funding issues
March 1, sequestration went into effect, and government agencies across the
nation began feeling the backlash.
The Greencastle Housing Authority
(GHA) is one those agencies. Housing Authorities across the nation are losing
significant funding to operate their agencies.
On March 8, HUD sent
letters to all Housing Authorities informing them that administrative funding
would be cut to 68.5 percent, and Housing Assistance Payments would be cut to 94
This means that GHA will receive fewer dollars in calendar year
2013, or only 68.5 percent of CY 2012 allocated funds, to operate the Voucher
Program in Putnam County.
Due to GHA's current debt to HUD, resulting
from operation of the previous A-Way Home Shelter, GHA is operating at a deficit
and may be forced to only be open four days per week rather than the current
That will mean that current clients on the Voucher Program may
see fewer hours that they are able to come into the GHA office for assistance or
to sign required HUD documents. Any persons currently on the Voucher Program do
not need to worry about losing their voucher.
A public notice will go out
if funding for Housing Assistance Payments is reduced further, GHA officials
could decrease public housing aid
Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing
looking at possible 5 percent cut
— The federal sequester could affect the Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing
Authority as the agency braces for 5 percent cuts that might result in a
decrease in the number of families receiving assistance through its public
The CMHA provides rental assistance to low-income
families as part of its Section 8 housing voucher program, which the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees. Cheryl Buck, Section 8
program manager for CMHA, said the program is funded to help 515 families and
that a formula is used to determine the amount each family can
However, she said the cuts could cause CMHA to serve 47 families
Luzerne County Housing Authority received 966 requests for Section 8 rental
assistance during a recent 11-day window allowing residents to apply for the
first time in two years.
Authority Executive Director David Fagula said
new applicants should expect a lengthy wait for rental subsidy — in some cases
years — because the federal government isn’t providing enough funding this year
to cover people already in the program.
“The funding numbers don’t look
good,” Fagula said.
The authority, which serves all county municipalities
except for the four cities, is federally authorized to fill 1,115 Section 8
slots, but 81 aren’t being accessed by renters because of federal funding cuts,
Rental subsidy for the 1,034 current participants will cost
about $5.7 million this year, and the authority is projected to receive $5.5
million, Fagula said.
“I don’t think we’ll be able to call anyone new in
for the rest of the year because we’re already spending more money than we’re
expected to receive,” Fagula said.
The authority may be forced to eject
some of the current participants later this year if nobody leaves the program,
Other housing authorities throughout the country have been
notifying Section 8 participants their rental subsidy might be cut off because
of federal budget cuts.
Fagula said he opted to seek new applicants
because residents had been banned from requesting service since March 2011, when
700 applications were received during a three-week enrollment period. He limited
the latest enrollment to 11 days because he expected overwhelming response due
Federal sequester will cause Illinois 4,500 fewer families to receive
to the Department of Housing & Urban Development have triggered dire
consequences for the Housing Choice Voucher Program used by the Chicago Housing
Authority to move thousands of families from areas of concentrated poverty into
more diverse neighborhoods and suburbs.
Statewide, thousands who would
have gotten vouchers this year from municipal and regional housing agencies,
won’t get them — including up to 700 families on HACC’s list. Currently, HACC
isn’t accepting applications for Section 8 vouchers.
And many who have
already been awarded the elusive benefit — helping 2.1 million poor pay for
housing nationwide, half of them elderly and disabled — may see themselves cut
Under the sequester, HUD says Illinois will lose $45.3 million in
funding for the voucher program — equating to 4,592 fewer families statewide
receiving them this year.
Illinois also will lose $4.9 million in
homeless assistance; $2.1 million in funding for affordable housing development;
and $372,000 in funding of housing for people with AIDS.
won’t be known until Congress approves a spending bill. And as of Thursday, no
viable proposals were on the table to change the federal fiscal
Officials tackle cuts in housing funds
COUNTY — Mercer County Housing Authority can absorb the federal government’s
sequestration cuts in all areas except one – the Housing Choice Voucher Program,
said Executive Director Nannette Livadas. And that could mean that there will
be fewer Mercer County residents receiving federal subsidies to live in the
homes and apartments owned by private landlords. Officials are not sure how to
handle the voucher fund administration cuts and are hoping the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development will offer guidance. “Running the program is
getting a little difficult,” Livadas told the authority board
County Housing Authority lays off 13
March 15, 2013 2:52 pm
In a reaction to the federal budget
reduction known as the sequester, the Allegheny County Housing Authority today
laid off 13 people.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is
only providing $10.3 million of the $13 million the authority needs to conduct
normal operations, said Frank Aggazio, the county housing agency's executive
HUD is also providing only 68.5 percent of the money needed to
run the Section 8 rent voucher program, he said.
As a result, the
authority laid off three Section 8 counselors, one inspector, four assistant
managers, two secretaries, one electrical inspector, one development inspector
and a finance clerk, he
Parish Community Services impacted by sequestration
Published On: Mar 15 2013 04:09:24 PM CDT
PARISH, La.- The harsh winds created by the sequester are being felt by public
programs and its employees in Webster Parish — Headstart, Section 8 Housing, and
the Community Services Block Grant. As a result of sequestration, the local
Headstart program is experiencing a 5 percent reduction in funds.
Section 8’s funding is being cut by 6 percent, and the Community
Services Block Grant is suffering a loss of 5 percent of its funding.
Addition, Section 8 Housing has also taken a pounding. The 6 percent reduction
in funds is directly affecting housing vouchers associated with the
federally-funded program. Under the voucher, a housing subsidy is paid by the
Public Housing Authority on behalf of participating clients. The clients income
is also factored into the amount paid out to the recipient each month. “If an
individual, who is using a voucher leaves the program, that voucher may go
unfilled because of the cut in the budget,” Whitaker said. Additionally,
Whitaker said her office will possibly be making rental adjustments as they
review the income of voucher
Federal budget cuts threaten housing assistance programs
14, 2013 4:51 PM
Goebel, executive director of the Housing Authority of the County of Monterey,
said her agency could face a 30 percent reduction in administrative funds and an
8 percent cut in housing assistance payments for public and Indian housing
Congress' lack of action has yet to cause the loss of jobs and services to
Webster Parish Community Services, it has caused portions of their funding to be
reduced by five to six percent.
"The programs hardest hit by the cuts are
Section 8 Housing and Head Start," said Mary Whitaker, director of Community
Services. "These programs are still operational, but there will be
changes." Whitaker said Congress' sequestration has resulted in federal funds
falling short in the 2013
Housing Authority copes with federal budget cuts
By TRACEY COMPTON
Renton Reporter Staff writer MARCH 14, 2013 · 1:22 PM
Renton Housing Authority will shift resources around to cover any lack of
federal support for its Section 8 housing assistance programs due to federal
"The surplus from non-federal programs will underwrite any
loss from federal programs going forward to the extent the individual program
reserves prove insufficient to cover operating and rent assistance costs," Mark
Gropper, the agency's executive director.
The Renton Housing Authority is
making plans for a more sustainable business model, with the Sunset Highlands
Redevelopment project, in the wake of tumultuous federal budget
According to Gropper, the housing authority will be at about 92
percent of what it needs to operate its publicly subsidized housing budget in
light of the federal sequester, or budget
benefits slashed for hundreds of Vermonters
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 3:01 PM
fair market rents for 2013, they dropped drastically," said Claudia Donovan, the
director of rental assistance at the Burlington Housing
Donovan says fair market rent is the amount the federal
government says housing costs in the area.
In 2012, the feds said $896
would cover rent and utilities for a one-bedroom apartment in the greater
Burlington area. This year that number dropped to $788. For families needing a
three-bedroom, in 2012 the feds put the cost of rent and utilities at $1,439,
but lowered that to $1,289 for 2013.
Killary found an efficiency. It's
small and expensive, but it's a roof overhead. Others who need help will not be
Sequestration is expected to take an additional toll on Section
8. The housing authority is preparing for a 6 percent funding cut, which means
100-150 people will lose their
is upon us. The $85 billion in federal budget cuts will hurt us locally in
numerous ways. This region will obviously feel defense cuts because the U.S.
Department of Defense is San Diego’s largest employer. However, cuts to vital
social programs such as housing will hit local families hard.
reported all non-defense programs will receive an 8 percent budget cut because
of sequestration. This will impact local programs such as the San Diego Housing
Commission, which received more than $160 million to subsidize housing for
families last year. The program gave vouchers to 14,600 families, with each
receiving a monthly subsidy of $850. This may sound like a fat government
subsidy for housing, but in a city where homes sell at an average of more than
$620,000 and monthly mortgage payments vary between $3,000 to $5,000, they can
provide a much-needed relief to keep housing affordable in San Diego. It’s also
uncertain whether this specific program will be cut equally compared to the rest
of the housing programs the sequester threatens. The commission also hasn’t
decided if it will be forced to cut some families from the program or cut the
subsidy equally for all families that benefit from it.
commission isn’t the only local housing program threatened by the sequestration.
San Diegans benefit from services for the homeless, assistance for first-time
home buyers and a 4 or 9 percent tax credit for low-income families. All of
these are threatened by federal budget cuts. The Section 8 subsidy, which
already has a waitlist of more than 28,000 locally, also faces steep
draws, voucher freeze likely in DHA sequester response
Durham Housing Authority officials plan to draw heavily on their agency’s
financial reserves to blunt the impact of the budget cuts being handed down to
them by the federal government’s “sequester” battle.
But the agency
nonetheless will have to stop returning Section 8 rental vouchers to circulation
after former clients turn theirs in. Given normal yearly turnover, the move
could close the door to aid for about 187 families, DHA leaders
That translates into about a 7 percent reduction in the number of
vouchers the agency intends to circulate. It has been serving some 2,734
families through the rental-assistance
cuts threaten thousands with homelessness
Updated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013,
11:18 PM EDT Published : Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 11:18 PM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - For people in Allen County who use Section 8
vouchers, the threat of homelessness could become very real as a result of the
recent government spending cuts.
Last year the Department of Housing and
Urban Development suffered $1 billion in government cuts. That caused local
agencies to reach into their emergency reserve funds to keep business operating
for the remainder of the year.
Now, the sequestration cuts that went into
affect earlier this month come as a second blow.
Almost 3000 people use
Section 8 and a thousand people utilize Public Housing in Allen County every
month. However, it's a pecking order, and if someone's single, not disabled,
and without a family, that puts him or her at the top of the list as the first
to be let go.
"Who would be the first impacted, and the second, and a
tertiary impact on families, and we think people who are able-bodied tend to be
the ones that we look to first," said Maynard Scales, the Executive Director of
the Fort Wayne Housing
impacts looming in northern Michigan
Traverse City Housing Commission sent out a letter to landlords saying it
expects to see a 5.1% decrease in funding to it’s housing assistance
If those cuts occur, the commission may have to cut participants
from the Section 8 housing program.
“Our participants are concerned
because they are not on this program because they want to be on this program,
they are on this because they need the assistance, they need that to help them
live in a decent, affordable unit,” said Housing Commission Executive Director,
It is likely that Section 8 housing terminations would not
take place until May 1, Honson said.
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C.,
there is no sign of a short term
federal funds plays role in city's public housing woes
March 12, 2013 9:05 pm | Updated: 11:16 pm, Tue Mar 12, 2013.
federal money is squeezing public housing agencies nationwide, a trend
highlighted by a recent report chastising Charlottesville's housing authority
for poor financial oversight.
With more than $1 billion in cuts
nationwide to rental assistance programs looming, the federal Department of
Housing and Urban Development warned in the report that the Charlottesville
Redevelopment & Housing Authority's failures to collect rent and other debts
"jeopardizes the [authority's] financial viability."
Revenues at the
local authority trailed spending by almost $1 million in fiscal year 2012,
according to the report.
"It concerned me that we did not meet the
funding guidelines for HUD, the funding agency for the whole program,"
Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Huja said Tuesday. "We need to respond to those
Officials must do so against the backdrop of plunging
federal money for HUD. The agency's budget request for fiscal year 2013 is about
$44 billion, down almost a fifth from $55.9 billion last year.
proposed cuts in next fiscal year's budget are $500 million in rental assistance
programs and another $640 million to a program providing rental aid to families
and single people living in newly constructed or rehabilitated buildings, HUD
Secretary Shaun Donovan said in his 2013 budget message.
Figures such as
those lead to other numbers far smaller but impactful -- HUD recommended in its
report on the local authority that minimum monthly rent be doubled from $25 to
"Of course, [federal] numbers are going to translate into less money
for the housing authorities, which is why we suggest that they look at
cost-cutting measures and revenue generation," said Donna White, a HUD
Those were among an array of recommendations in the HUD
report on the Charlottesville authority, which the feds depicted as plagued by
insufficient documentation, failures to monitor income, inadequate budgetary
controls and a lack of support from its board.
Authority revenues fell
from $6.9 million to $5.1 million from fiscal year 2011 to 2012, but spending
stayed relatively level at $6 million, the HUD report said. The agency gave the
local authority until the end of the month to address the report's
Raising rent is not a panacea, said Councilor Dave Norris, the
former authority board chairman recently replaced on the panel by
"The idea that the housing authority residents are going to be able
to financially bail out the authority with increased rents is delusional,"
But HUD plans for some of the cuts to federal aid programs
to be covered by increased minimum rents. That comes as demand for public
housing is increasing and infrastructure is
to force HUD to shut down for 7 days
The Department of Housing and Urban Development
will furlough all 9,000 of its employees for seven days between May and August
in a bid to reduce costs due to sequestration.
All employees, including
career employees, will be furloughed the same number of days, which will
effectively result in a shutdown of the department on those days. The proposed
furlough dates are May 10 and 24; June 14; July 5 and 22; and August 16 and
The automatic, across-the-board cuts will lop more than $66 million from
HUD's 2013 bottom
Housing Authority, Missouri)
For working poor seeking housing assistance,
sequestration brings tough choices
Click below for full
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 6:38 p.m. CDT,
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Should funding projections from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development remain in place, the authority would
be forced to reduce the number of families that get subsidies by 70, according
to agency figures. Currently, 1,132 families receive vouchers for rent, which
usually allow participants to pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward
Feb. 28, 2013)
How the Sequester will affect Dane County’s most
the Dane County Housing authority this means a $36,120 reduction in HAP payments
every month. With the average HAP payment being about $600, this cut means that
60 families will lose their rent assistance. That’s 60 families that are now
homeless, 60 vacant housing units not collecting rent and 60 requests to local
shelters for emergency
The Sequester and the Local Impact
recent email from the Chair of the Santa Clara County Collaborative on
Affordable Housing and Homeless Issues discusses the anticipated cuts to
services for the homeless and to affordable housing. Up to 800 low-income
families could lose their housing and urban development (HUD) vouchers that
currently subsidize rental payments. As a result, many could end up
Click below for email stating that 800 low-income families
could lose their vouchers in Santa Clara County...
the wait list, which the housing authority plans to do at 5 p.m. on March 29,
will largely free up the one-third of a staff position currently required to
maintain it, Ferrell said. Some time will still be spent maintaining the list,
which will be reopened when the locals on the list have received
On average, each Section 8 recipients receive $712 toward
monthly rent, Ferrell said. Prior to sequestration of the federal budget taking
effect last week, the housing authority was issuing about 10 new vouchers each
month thanks to turnover.
With the sequestration cuts, the housing
authority will no longer issue new vouchers, regardless of how many families
fall off the program. Last week, Ferrell reported the housing authority was
expecting a 6 percent funding cut, which could force it to revoke 73 existing
On Tuesday, she said staff are reviewing reserves to see if
there is money that could lessen the impact.
Ferrell said 16 would-be
Section 8 recipient households have already felt the impact of the automatic
budget cuts. Those families and/or individuals were new recipients of Section 8
assistance who were looking for housing but had not yet signed leases for
apartments. Their vouchers were revoked following
cuts mean Syracuse's poor have longer wait for subsidized housing
Officials in two local agencies say they’re
beginning to see fallout from the federal government’s budget “sequester” as the
country’s leading political parties remain deadlocked on fiscal
Durham Housing Authority chief Dallas Park said his agencies will
“have to make some hard choices” because it’s in line to lose about $2.5 million
Parks and his staff are still assessing the situation and
likely will report to the DHA board’s finance committee, which is scheduled to
meet late Wednesday afternoon.
But, tentatively, it’s looking like the
agency will lose about $1 million of the subsidies that support its public
housing complex, another $1 million or so that underwrites Section 8 rental
vouchers, about $230,000 that supports the administration of the Section 8
program and some money that goes into maintenance.
question that operational cutbacks will result.
“Obviously, we have to align
our expenses to our revenues,” said Parks, adding that DHA was figuring on
spending about $35 million in 2013. “It’s not going to be fun. It’s a very
Federal cuts mean fewer low-income families will get housing
Alex Branch | Fort Worth Star-Telegram - March 8,
housing agencies are preparing for federal budget reductions by freezing waiting
lists already clogged by thousands of applicants and, in Fort Worth, even
canceling vouchers already issued to clients who are still searching for
At least 600 fewer families in Tarrant County could get
assistance from the Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8,
because of the sequestration cuts, officials predict.
Agencies will do their
best to achieve the cuts through attrition rather than terminating contracts
with those currently in housing, officials said.
However, the Fort Worth
Housing Authority is already canceling vouchers for clients who have yet to find
a rental unit, said Selarstean Mitchell, vice president of assisted housing. The
agency stopped processing those vouchers two weeks ago.
"It's a very
difficult thing to do because we have never had to do it," Mitchell said.
"People are surprised. When they get that voucher, they are always so happy and
Housing agencies nationwide are bracing for the impact of U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development budget cuts that could result in a
loss of 100,000 vouchers nationwide, according to the National Low Income
Housing authorities were notified several weeks ago to
expect about 94 percent of the funding they were eligible for this year,
"Housing authorities are going to have to start making
these tough decisions," said Linda Couch, the national coalition's senor vice
president for policy and research. "We are already starting to hear a lot of
reports of housing authorities freezing turnover or looking at their payment
The vouchers have always been popular and the economic
downturn put them in greater demand. Under the program, a housing subsidy is
paid to a landlord directly by a housing agency on behalf of the client. The
client then pays the difference.
The Fort Worth Housing Authority's
voucher program backlog is 18,000 families while the Arlington Housing Authority
has reached 11,000.
In Arlington, sequestration is expected to result in
about 200 fewer families receiving assistance, said David Zappasodi, Arlington
Housing Authority executive director.
"Each month an average of 35
program participants exit the rental housing assistance programs," Zappasodi
wrote in an email. "The Arlington Housing Authority plans to manage the
reduction in funding through program attrition to avoid any harmful impact to
However, that means it will take longer reach
applicants on the waiting list, he said.
The cuts may force Tarrant
County to lose about 150 housing vouchers, said Patricia Ward, county director
of community development and housing. However, officials may ask HUD for
permission to reduce the value of the vouchers so as to only lose
That change would require clients to pay more of their own rent, she
"It would make it a little harder for our clients, but we trying to
not take anyone completely off (the program)," Ward said. "A lot of our clients
are disabled and elderly."
Reductions in vouchers or their value could
have a long-term effect, Couch said. In many cities, rental units are in such
high demand that some landlords could decide that participation in the voucher
program is more trouble than it is worth.
"The voucher program 100
percent relies on the participation of private landlords," she said. "The
sequester brings a lot of question marks to the federal government's ability or
commitment to have a stable
across-the-board federal cuts that kicked in March 1, the Philadelphia Housing
Authority calculated that it would lose $42 million in funding this year, equal
to an 11 percent drop in its budget, the agency's interim executive director
told employees in a letter this
– the buzzword for $85 billion in budget cuts mandated by the federal government
to raise the debt ceiling and reduce deficits – is beginning to ripple through
the country. Redondo Beach is likely to feel an acute impact, most immediately
to its Section 8 Rent Assistance Program, which could lose up to $1.2 million in
The program receives funding from the Department of
Housing and Urban Development in the form of reimbursements to both the city and
the landlords with whom it has agreements. At a Housing Authority meeting in
December, it was revealed that currently 543 Redondo Beach families are
receiving assistance through Section 8.
The City is required give 90
days’ notice if it must terminate a Section 8
ZMHA faces $1M-plus in cuts
Sequester hinders agency's ability to
help poor people
bottom line impact of sequestration to ZMHA to public housing is about $500,000
less,” Randles said. “With the housing choice voucher program, we’ll get
$267,000 less for housing assistance payments, and $151,000 less for the
administrative fee, which totals $418,000 less with the two.”
is we’re close to our breaking point,” he said. “In January and February, we
received 92 percent of what we’re eligible to receive on the public housing
side. We’re only slated to receive 82 percent in March and less than 70 percent
from April through December. We know the sequester impacts will be felt in
April, and we’re trying to assess and analyze what it means in April and beyond.
We need to know how to navigate this.”
[[[Zanesville Metropolitan Housing
Authority stands to lose more than $1 million and serve less people because of
New downtown high-rise sparks affordability debate
recounted new figures from the Dane County Housing Authority showing a loss of
60 Section 8 rent assistance vouchers due to the sequestration, which the agency
hopes to handle through attrition and longer waiting
to cut jobs
Springfield agency faces $400K in budget cuts.
authority’s budget — which comes almost entirely from the federal government and
tenant rent payments — was reduced about $400,000 this year. In 2012, the total
budget was $2.5 million. This year, it’s $2.1 million.
public housing operating subsidy was cut by 17 percent this month, according to
documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. The agency’s operating subsidy
for its Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as Section 8 rent stipends, is also
expected to be reduced by 31 percent in April.
Those cuts in the federal
funds prompted the local jobs cuts, Sherry
know that over the next year we will have to lose 140 families from our
program," said Nancy Nevill Stoudenmire of the Columbia Housing Authority.
"When we lose 140 houses in a Section 8 program, that means 140 landlords aren't
getting that rent. So, the landlords are indirectly
could mean $1.25 million in federal funding cuts for Boulder County housing,
human services programs
POSTED: 02/28/2013 08:28:56 PM
UPDATED: 02/28/2013 08:29:32 PM MST
By John Fryar Longmont
this week, county officials said the federal sequestration and the resulting
cuts in the "housing choice voucher" program could mean that about 50 families
could lose their rental assistance vouchers. That would impact families and
individuals in the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program for homeless
veterans; people in the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program for homeless
families with children in Boulder County's school districts; and the Family
Unification Program, which helps subsidize families so children can stay at home
with their parents.
[[[Housing cuts will impact rental assistance voucher
programs for homeless veterans and families in the child welfare system. The
cuts are expected to include nearly an $800,000 reduction in the county's rental
assistance program for people at risk of becoming
[[[We anticipate that as many as 15,000 families
that currently receive Section 8
assistance will be affected by these cuts
resulting in a decrease of payment of an average
of approximately $200 per
HACLA administers a variety of programs that utilize Section 8
housing assistance as a
basis for support for nearly 55,000 households in Los
Angeles totaling payments of $528
million annually. The largest of these
programs is the Section 8 tenant based voucher
program that serves 42,000
households. Those residents that are qualified and receive
Section 8 housing
assistance pay 30 percent of their income towards rent. The Section 8
pays for the balance of the rent to the landlord up to an amount that is
based on the fair market rents for rental housing in Los Angeles.
Under sequestration we
expect to reduce payment assistance to 90 percent of
the fair market rents as determined
by HUD. We anticipate that as many as
15,000 families that currently receive Section 8
assistance will be affected
by these cuts resulting in a decrease of payment of an average
approximately $200 per month. Many of these families will not be able to absorb
large increase in rent and will need to look for alternatives should
the landlord choose not
to reduce the current rent. There are several options
participants may choose between: the
tenant can cover the difference, the
landlord may decide to absorb the loss, or participants
may opt to move to an
apartment with a lower rent. Even in the best of circumstances, we
thousands to be forced to relocate from their current
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HUD housing programs at risk locally and across