Housing Choice Vouchers help low income Americans find affordable housing in the private housing market by reimbursing the landlord for the difference between what a household can afford to pay in rent and the rent itself. Also called tenant-based Section 8, the Housing Choice Voucher program is HUD’s largest rental assistance program; it also serves the lowest income people because of deep income targeting guidelines. NLIHC advocates protecting and expanding the housing choice voucher program with the goal of assisting as many extremely low income households as possible.
- Voucher reform legislation that does not include:
- time limits,
- MTW expansion beyond what was in 2012’s stakeholder agreement, or
- minimum rent increases without strong improvements to hardship exemptions.
- Legislation to require or incentivize state and regional voucher administration.
- Increased number of incremental vouchers.
- Full funding for all current vouchers in FY17 HUD budget and funds to restore 67,000 vouchers lost because of the 2013 sequester cuts.
- Broader use of HUD’s Small Area Fair Market Rents in the voucher program.
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