Publication Date: March 2004
Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Will Fischer; Barbara Sard
Research Area: Social conditions
Keywords: Income diversity; Household income; Housing assistance; Housing subsidies
The Administrationâ€™s new budget would cut funding for â€œSection 8â€ housing vouchers in 2005 by more than $1 billion below the 2004 level. The budget would cut the Section 8 program further in subsequent years.
The budget also would make radical changes in the programâ€™s structure. It would replace the voucher program with a block grant to local housing agencies (labeled the â€œFlexible Voucher Programâ€) and, in so doing, repeal basic protections for low-income families that were developed on a bipartisan basis and have undergirded the program for decades. The block-grant proposal also would leave the program vulnerable to substantial further funding erosion over time.