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    Call to Action, April 29, 2005 Stop Housing Bill Which Will Harm Lowest Income Families Call all Senators and Representatives toll free (888)818-6641. (Ask to
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      Call to Action, April 29, 2005

      Stop Housing Bill Which Will Harm Lowest Income Families

      Call all Senators and Representatives toll free (888)818-6641.
      (Ask to speak to staffperson who covers housing.)

      TELL THEM YOU STRONGLY OPPOSE the State and Local Housing Flexibility
      Act
      and YOU WANT CONGRESS TO REJECT IT!

      Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) has introduced HUD's "State and Local
      Housing
      Flexibility Act of 2005" (SLHFA) in the Senate (S. 771) on April 13,
      2005
      and Representative Gary Miller (R-CA) introduced companion
      legislation, H.R.
      1999, in the House on April 28, 2005.

      SLHFA will drastically change how affordable housing programs operate
      and
      reduce the number of extremely low income families and individuals -
      those
      with incomes below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) - who will benefit
      from
      public housing and the Section 8 voucher program. WE MUST STOP THIS
      BILL!

      SLHFA will make the following changes in Public and Assisted Housing,
      among
      others:

      Income Targeting:

      SLHFA allows 90% of vouchers to go to households with incomes up to
      60% of
      area median. Nationally, 84% of severely cost burdened households
      have
      incomes below 30% of area median income. Today, at least 75% of
      voucher
      must go to households with incomes below 30% AMI. The bill
      represents a
      mismatch between known housing needs and use of federal resources.

      Rents:

      In both the public housing and voucher programs, the bill would allow
      rents
      to no longer be tied to incomes, which currently keeps rents
      affordable to
      low income people. The bill would allow housing authorities to
      establish
      their own rent policies, which may or may not be affordable to people
      with
      low income households.

      Time Limits

      The bill allows housing authorities to establish time limits for
      participating in the voucher program.

      Portability:

      The bill greatly restricts portability and poses other serious fair
      housing
      and civil rights problems. On portability, only certain housing
      authorities
      could port voucher to other authorities, and even then only with a
      written
      agreement.

      Enhanced Vouchers:

      Currently, residents are protected with enhanced vouchers if owners
      of HUD
      multifamily properties prepay on their mortgages or opt out of
      renewing
      project-based Section 8 contracts, Under SLHFA, enhanced vouchers
      will only
      be good for one year then they are converted to regular tenant-based
      vouchers. Over 60,000 tenants with enhanced vouchers would be forced
      to move
      and find housing they can afford with a regular voucher.

      Moving to Work

      Any housing authority could apply to be a Moving to Work site. As
      such,
      most housing requirements would no longer apply or could be waived
      (except
      for public housing demolition/disposition rules). A housing
      authority's
      funds could be transferred and/or merged between the public housing
      operating and subsidy funds and the voucher program.

      See NLIHC website for more information on this legislation's impact
      on low
      income families. Please report back on your calls to Craig Stevens at
      craig@....

      National Low Income Housing Coalition

      727 15th Street, N.W, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 2005 (202) 662-1530
      www.nlihc.org
      Call to Action
      April 29, 2005

      Stop Housing Bill Which Will Harm Lowest Income Families

      Call all Senators and Representatives toll free (888)818-6641.
      (Ask to speak to staffperson who covers housing.)

      TELL THEM YOU STRONGLY OPPOSE the State and Local Housing Flexibility
      Act
      and YOU WANT CONGRESS TO REJECT IT!

      Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) has introduced HUD's "State and Local
      Housing
      Flexibility Act of 2005" (SLHFA) in the Senate (S. 771) on April 13,
      2005
      and Representative Gary Miller (R-CA) introduced companion
      legislation, H.R.
      1999, in the House on April 28, 2005.

      SLHFA will drastically change how affordable housing programs operate
      and
      reduce the number of extremely low income families and individuals -
      those
      with incomes below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) - who will benefit
      from
      public housing and the Section 8 voucher program. WE MUST STOP THIS
      BILL!

      SLHFA will make the following changes in Public and Assisted Housing,
      among
      others:

      Income Targeting:

      SLHFA allows 90% of vouchers to go to households with incomes up to
      60% of
      area median. Nationally, 84% of severely cost burdened households
      have
      incomes below 30% of area median income. Today, at least 75% of
      voucher
      must go to households with incomes below 30% AMI. The bill
      represents a
      mismatch between known housing needs and use of federal resources.

      Rents:

      In both the public housing and voucher programs, the bill would allow
      rents
      to no longer be tied to incomes, which currently keeps rents
      affordable to
      low income people. The bill would allow housing authorities to
      establish
      their own rent policies, which may or may not be affordable to people
      with
      low income households.

      Time Limits

      The bill allows housing authorities to establish time limits for
      participating in the voucher program.

      Portability:

      The bill greatly restricts portability and poses other serious fair
      housing
      and civil rights problems. On portability, only certain housing
      authorities
      could port voucher to other authorities, and even then only with a
      written
      agreement.

      Enhanced Vouchers:

      Currently, residents are protected with enhanced vouchers if owners
      of HUD
      multifamily properties prepay on their mortgages or opt out of
      renewing
      project-based Section 8 contracts, Under SLHFA, enhanced vouchers
      will only
      be good for one year then they are converted to regular tenant-based
      vouchers. Over 60,000 tenants with enhanced vouchers would be forced
      to move
      and find housing they can afford with a regular voucher.

      Moving to Work

      Any housing authority could apply to be a Moving to Work site. As
      such,
      most housing requirements would no longer apply or could be waived
      (except
      for public housing demolition/disposition rules). A housing
      authority's
      funds could be transferred and/or merged between the public housing
      operating and subsidy funds and the voucher program.

      See NLIHC website for more information on this legislation's impact
      on low
      income families. Please report back on your calls to Craig Stevens at
      craig@....

      National Low Income Housing Coalition

      727 15th Street, N.W, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 2005 (202) 662-1530
      www.nlihc.org
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