Hundreds of affordable housing organizations have called on the Senate to take swift action to reform the nation’s housing choice voucher program. In an effort coordinated by NLIHC, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and National Affordable Housing Management Association, 812 groups signed a September 21 letter delivered to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Chair Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL).
In late 2010, House and Senate stakeholders reached broad agreement on a draft voucher reform bill that would result in more than $700 million in savings over five years, accomplish responsible cost savings, and streamline HUD’s administration of voucher and rental assistance programs (see prior Memo article). The House has circulated draft legislation in this Congress.
“We urge the Senate Banking Committee to act on voucher reform legislation this fall, and to work expeditiously to reach agreement with the House to enable the President to sign this long overdue bill into law,” the writers urged. The national, state, and local groups signing onto the letter represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Read the letter at: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/Section_8_Voucher_Reform_Letter_2011.pdf