MHP Report: Sequestration cuts hit housing for state's seniors, families, disabled adults
Minnesota's most important federal housing programs for low-income renters are reeling under pressure from sequestration-induced budget cuts, according to MHP's newest report, which was released this week. Since 2010, substantial federal budget cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV or Section 8 Vouchers) and public housing have left local housing authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and to provide housing assistance. Based on surveys of local program administrators, the study finds that housing authorities across the state have cut staff, cut maintenance, and left available vouchers unfilled.
The report includes findings that are hard to swallow, but it arms advocates with information to share with decision makers in support of policy change.