St. Paul, Minnesota (December 4, 2013): Minnesota's most important federal housing programs for low-income renters are reeling under pressure from sequestration-induced budget cuts, finds a new report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) and Minnesota NAHRO. Since 2010, substantial federal budget cuts to Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV or Section 8 Vouchers) and Public Housing have left local housing authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and administer needed housing assistance.
This report investigates the impacts of budget cuts to HCV (Section 8) and public housing. Together these programs provide housing assistance to over 50,000 Minnesota households. Nearly 60% include someone who is elderly or has a disability, and over a third of the residents are children. The average household income for those using the programs is under $15,000 annually.
The report is a reminder that sequestration hurts our state's most vulnerable people and is a short-sighted approach with serious consequences.
For more information on the study findings or to learn more about advocacy to reverse federal housing budget cuts, please contact the Minnesota Housing Partnership at 651-647-1710 or Minnesota NAHRO at 651-925-4070.