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
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.