Frequently Asked Questions About the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2005 Housing Voucher Proposal

Publication Date: July 2004

Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Will Fischer; Barbara Sard

Research Area: Social conditions

Keywords: Economic projections; Section 8; Income diversity; Housing assistance

Type: Report


The Administration’s fiscal year 2005 budget request contains a proposal to make fundamental changes to the “Section 8” housing voucher program.  The proposal would replace the voucher program with a block grant (labeled the “Flexible Voucher Program”) to state and local housing agencies, repeal basic protections in the program for low-income families, and cut funding for the program deeply.  This document examines a number of questions raised by the Administration’s proposal.