Tuesday, September 13, 2005

More families on the street?

As many as 60 families in Orlando could lose the Section 8 vouchers they use to rent housing, depending on which of the bills now under consideration by Congress is eventually enacted into law.

The Senate Appropriation Committee’s HUD funding bill for 2006 would do a better job of repairing recent damage to the housing voucher program, concludes a new report by the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities. Read the report here.

The hardest hit housing agencies in Florida would include the Orlando Housing Authority, which would lose 56 vouchers under the House bill and 60 vouchers under the Senate bill from a total of 2,789.

Statewide, Florida housing agencies would have to cut 1,143 vouchers under the House bill and 870 vouchers under the Senate bill. Other hard-hit housing agencies (those that would need to cut assistance for at least 50 families or 5 percent of their total) are: Hialeah, Hillsborough County, Homestead, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Miami Beach, Miami-Dade, Sanford, Seminole County, Springfield, St. Petersburg and Sumter County.

The Housing Choice Voucher program (commonly known as “Section 8“) provides vouchers to roughly 2 million low-income households, including about 90,000 Florida families. Research suggests that vouchers can have positive effects on employment, earnings, education, and children’s health and well-being.

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