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2559Housing News: Sequestration cuts threaten Section 8 tenants

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  • Lynda Carson
    Apr 1 8:14 PM
      See below for the latest impact of Sequestration cuts on Section 8 tenants
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      (Sacramento County, CA.)
      1,700 families at risk of losing Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers...


      Click below or copy and paste for housing authority statement.... 


      http://www.shra.org/Portals/0/pdf/hcv/HCV%20Sequestration%20info%20for%20call%20center.pdf


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      (Sacramento County, CA. - 1,700 families at risk of losing Section 8 vouchers, placing 4,800 people at risk of homelessness.)
      Editorial: Sequester cuts could add to homelessness


      By the Editorial Board
      Published: Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6E
      Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013 - 10:56 am


      Click below for full editorial...
      http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/31/5303451/editorial-sequester-cuts-could.html


      The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is bracing for a 9.4 percent cut, or the loss of $13.9 million this year. The bulk of the money goes to subsidize rents for poor families.
      The magnitude of the cut means that housing subsidies that cover approximately 1,700 families in Sacramento County will be lost beginning as early as July. There is a straightforward fix that could avoid putting more than 4,800 people – all poor, and many of them children, elderly or disabled – out of their homes.
      The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development could authorize local housing officials to reduce subsidies to landlords by a set amount, say $75 per unit. But so far HUD has refused to do so. It seems the federal bureaucrats are having difficulty determining whether they have the legal power to authorize such a common-sense accommodation.
      There's another option – one that does not require federal authorization.
      Local housing officials could ask landlords to voluntarily give up a portion of the subsidy they receive – that is, ask apartment owners who accept federal housing vouchers to cut rents for a period of time.
      Landlords have an incentive to do so. If they refuse to cut poor tenants some slack by reducing rents, they will have to evict them. Under California law, eviction is a time-consuming and expensive process.


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      (Montana)
      Missoula Housing Authority: Federal cutbacks to reduce available subsidies
      March 31, 2013 - By Martin Kidston
       
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      http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-housing-authority-federal-cutbacks-to-reduce-available-subsidies/article_7e830a92-9a74-11e2-a5d2-001a4bcf887a.html


      Federal budget cuts will reduce the number of Section 8 vouchers offered by the Missoula Housing Authority, just as the city considers adopting its 10-year plan to end homelessness.
      Cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a result of sequestration, also may impact other local housing programs available to Missoula’s poor, the elderly and those with disabilities on the verge of becoming homeless.
      “The city just released its 10-year plan to end homelessness, and a lot of that relies on having subsidies,” said Lori Davidson, director of the Missoula Housing Authority. “The housing subsidy levels are the lowest they’ve ever been, historically.”
      While the housing authority’s reduction in Section 8 vouchers means little to current voucher recipients, it does hold implications for an estimated 2,000 people on the waiting list.
      The housing authority currently has funding for 774 Section 8 vouchers. Cutbacks will force the agency to reduce that number to 720. The housing authority will allow attrition – not eviction – to bring the numbers down.
      “Those on the waiting list have been waiting for a long time already,” Davidson said. “With sequestration, we won’t be issuing any new vouchers for the foreseeable future.”
      The authority had squirreled away roughly $450,000 over the years in reserve funding. Davidson said it used $300,000 of that money last year to maintain its current 774 Section 8 vouchers.
      This year, it will use the remaining $150,000 in reserves, even as it reduces the program’s size. With just 720 vouchers available, more than 50 families must leave the Section 8 program before the housing authority issues vouchers to new tenants.


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      (Georgia)
      Federal cuts to have slow impact on Macon
      March 31, 2013


      The Macon Housing Authority Section 8 housing program is taking an 8.2 percent cut which may mean fewer vouchers...


      Click below for full story...


      http://www.macon.com/2013/03/31/2419554/federal-cuts-to-have-slow-impact.html


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      (Indiana)
      Housing, food programs hit by budget cuts
      Updated: Sunday, 31 Mar 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

      Published : Sunday, 31 Mar 2013, 11:31 AM EDT
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      http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/indiana/housing-food-programs-hit-by-budget-cuts

      VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) -- Agencies across Indiana are dropping flood insurance, scaling back on free meals for the elderly and reducing the number of Section 8 housing vouchers they provide as funding shrinks because of automatic federal budget cuts.

      The cuts known as the sequester were designed as a deadline to force a deal to reduce the federal deficit. Instead, Congress and the White House failed to agree, and the cuts kicked in March 1.
      That's forced many agencies that rely on federal money to make cuts of their own.
      Linda Fredrick, the housing authority's executive director, said she expects the housing authority to get about 82 percent of its usual appropriation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A subsidy the authority receives for capital improvements, usually about $500,000 a year, will be cut in half.
      Frederick said the authority has 372 housing vouchers available but is only using about 300 of them. The agency also will likely have to increase the rents it charges, she said.
      In Fort Wayne, where nearly 3,000 people receive Section 8 vouchers, housing officials are trying to absorb as much of the cuts as they can before eliminating people from the program.
      Maynard Scales, executive director of the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, told WANE-TV the agency hopes to be able to serve more people, but at a lower rate of assistance.


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      (New Orleans)
      HANO recalls 700 Section 8 vouchers, blames sequester
      By Richard A. Webster, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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      on March 29, 2013 at 3:38 PM, updated March 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM


      http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/hano_recalls_700_section_8_vou.html
      After spending four years on the waiting list for a Section 8 housing voucher, Rashaad Foley's dream of moving into a place of her own with her 5-year old daughter were about to come true. Foley received her voucher last year and after several dead ends, she finally found the perfect home. It was in a good neighborhood, just two blocks from her mother's house, had a backyard and came equipped with a security system.
      She put down a $750 deposit, which was hard to come by, Foley said, and was waiting for the Housing Authority of New Orleans to inspect the building when she received a letter from David Gilmore, HANO's administrative receiver.
      "A number of circumstances including over subscription of vouchers and budget cuts have combined to make it necessary that we temporarily suspend use of currently unused vouchers under the Housing Choice Voucher Program," the March 21 letter stated. "Consequently, the voucher issued to you must be withdrawn effective immediately."
      Automatic federal funding cuts known as the "sequester" went into effect March 1 forcing HANO to decrease its housing services budget by 17 percent. As part of the cutbacks, about 700 Section 8 housing vouchers recently awarded but not yet in use for rental assistance were suspended.
      The sequestration cuts were exacerbated by an excess number of housing vouchers in the New Orleans market, Gilmore said at HANO's March 26 board meeting.
      When he arrived in 2009, Gilmore said the Section 8 program was underused with nearly 12,000 families in voucher subsidized rental housing and 22,000 people on the waiting list. So he opened up the program that year and for the first time since 2003 HANO began accepting new Section 8 applications. Today there are 17,900 subsidized families with 13,250 people on the waiting list.
      "HANO, like other housing agencies, walks a thin line," Gilmore said. "The under-utilization of Section 8 vouchers gets you in big trouble, but if you use more vouchers than you have money for you have to pay back the federal government. In trying to achieve that balance we issued more vouchers than we can pay for."
      It would cost HANO $5 million -- money it doesn't have -- to fund the 700 suspended vouchers, Gilmore said.
      "So we called back vouchers not in use, asked people to go back on the waiting list and when the situation resolves itself we will give them back their vouchers," Gilmore said. "No one will lose housing as result of us taking your voucher away."
      Foley and others affected by the suspension don't see it that way.
      Foley said she had an apartment lined up near the end of last year but HANO officials told her the $650 rent was too high and refused to approve the unit, even though her voucher was worth $762. The landlord of the next apartment Foley looked at turned her down because she didn't have a rental history. The third house appeared to be the charm until HANO temporarily suspended the program.
      "I feel like it's their fault because I could have been living somewhere by now," she said.
      Foley lost half of the $750 deposit because she was forced to back out of a signed lease after her voucher was taken away. She is now living at a friend's house with her daughter. Foley said the most she can afford to pay in rent without any government assistance is $400 and those rates haven't been seen in New Orleans since before Hurricane Katrina.
      It's not fair for the government to take away vouchers from people who have already signed a lease, put down a deposit and are hung up on the final step, waiting for HANO approval so they can move in, said Colette Tippy, lead organizer for Stand with Dignity, an advocacy group for public housing residents.
      "I talked to a woman who just found a place. Her son was shot twice when he was 8 so she keeps her kids in the house all the time. But she finally found somewhere safe and was so excited," Tippy said. "She borrowed $1,000 from family and friends for the deposit and talked to her kids about playing in the yard and being able to go outside. She was devastated when she got the letter. These politicians are playing with people's lives."
      At the board meeting, Gilmore said that his staff would review each case and some people, depending on how far along they are in the process, might be able to keep their vouchers.
      After Section 8 tenants sign a lease, HANO inspects the property, determines if the rent is reasonable, reviews ownership, and then signs a contract with the landlord approving the voucher payments.
      For people like Foley, who waited four years to receive a voucher and were just a few steps from moving into their first home, anything less than granting them full approval would be a travesty, Tippy said.
      "A lot of people have spent a lot of time and money going from place to place, taking off work, putting down deposits and to have all of that come to nothing in the end is crazy," she said.


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      Agencies in Maryland dodge furloughs — for now
      Other signs of sequestration's impact begin to hit area
      By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun
      March 30, 2013
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      http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-fed-furloughs-20130330,0,7550544.story
      The Housing Authority of Baltimore City, meanwhile, has shut the Section 8 voucher program to new applicants — a move that will close off housing subsidies to about 50 additional Baltimore families a month and add to a lengthy waiting list.
      The agency, which is expected to take a roughly $25 million hit in federal funding this year, is struggling to balance aid with emergency repairs it must make to its buildings, said Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano.
      "There's a trade-off there," he said. "To do these basic, emergency capital improvements so that these buildings will continue to be occupiable, further money will come out of Section 8."


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      York: Cheaper to rent, but incomes still low
      MOLLIE DURKIN / The York Dispatch
      505-5432 / @ydhealth


      Updated:   03/30/2013 01:10:02 PM EDT


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      http://www.yorkdispatch.com/ci_22906967/york-cheaper-rent-but-incomes-still-low


      The authority owns and operates more than 1,000 public housing units and offers Section 8 rental assistance and management services to eligible residents. But those programs might soon be on the chopping block.


      Fox said the programs could be cut by as much as 30 percent under federal sequestration.
      "So far, sequestration is taking a meat cleaver to the patient rather than a scalpel," he said, calling the cuts "too broad, too deep and not carefully done."


      He said the cuts are affecting more than just the programs.


      "Many housing authorities, especially in Pennsylvania, are having to look at layoffs for people who provide services for elderly and challenged," he said, citing Allegheny County Housing Authority's recent layoff of 13 staff members.


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      March 29, 2013
      Stillwater to feel sting of sequester
      By Russell Hixson
      Stillwater NewsPress
      http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x237732192/Stillwater-to-feel-sting-of-sequester
      STILLWATER, Okla. — The wide range of federal budget cuts known as the sequester will be shrinking funds for some area organizations.


      Mission of Hope, a shelter that helps area homeless get back on their feet, anticipates approximately $12,500 in cuts from grants this summer.


      Director Jana Nelson said the shelter gets four grants — two transitional housing grants and two permanent housing grants. Nelson said they have been informed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that, as part of the $85 billion in federal cuts, the grants would be trimmed by 5 percent.


      “It would likely reverse significant progress made over the last several years in reducing chronic homelessness and homelessness among the nation’s veterans,” wrote Ann Marie Olivia, director of special needs assistance programs for HUD in an email to homeless grant recipients.


      “It’s definitely going to hurt the homeless,” Nelson said.


      Wings of Hope, a local group that supports victims of domestic violence, is also expecting some cuts but how much is hard to say. Executive Director Marie Abraham-Robinson said five employees at the organization are partially funded by the Victims of Crimes Act grant. The state will receive 5 percent less to distribute to organizations. How much each organization will be affected is difficult to say, Abraham-Robinson said.


      “We will continue our fundraising efforts because grants are not guaranteed, and we cannot rely solely on grants to maintain our agency’s programs,” Abraham-Robinson said. “Our shelter and non-shelter services are essential to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and these programs need to remain in place.”


      She encouraged residents to donate to the United Way and to shop at Elite Repeat, where purchases help support Wings of Hope.


      Project H.E.A.R.T. is another organization that could be affected by the sequester.


      The organization serves hot meals to seniors in Stillwater. Director Chris Harden said cuts for the service are coming. She said Project H.E.A.R.T. soon will receive word on how deep those cuts will be.











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      Indianapolis Housing Agency to furlough workers because of sequester
      Mar. 29, 2013 10:49 AM
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      http://www.indystar.com/article/20130329/NEWS/303290029/Indianapolis-Housing-Agency-furlough-workers-because-sequester


      With its budget crimped by the federal sequester, Indianapolis Housing Agency has decided to furlough its employees for nine days this year and freeze hiring and capital expenditures.
      The spending reductions will help the agency cope with a $3.8 million budget reduction this year from the congressionally triggered spending cuts that kicked in this month, said Bud Myers, IHA executive director.
      The IHA said the nine days of unpaid leave for its employees will save $280,000. The furlough days will be April 29, May 24, June 7, July 5, Aug. 9 and 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 27 and Dec. 24. IHA will close for regular business on those days.


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      Housing Authority feeling sequester’s impact
      By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ

      Staff Writer - March 29, 2013

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      Much has been affected by the sequestration in recent weeks, the San Benito Housing Authority included.
      The federal sequester is approximately $85 billion in cuts of government agencies over a span of seven months, this after a compromise on deficit reduction could not be achieved by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. Also included in the sequestration is approximately $109 billion in cuts over the next eight years.


      According to SBHA Executive Director Arnold Padilla, Section 8, the voucher program, has taken some hits as a result.
      “Like most housing authorities across the states, any reductions in funding affect families we assist,” Padilla said Thursday.
      So how much exactly is Section 8 affected? Padilla estimated that the voucher program is funded 88 percent of what was budgeted the previous year.


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      (Texas)
      TCOG prepares for sequester impact
      http://www.kxii.com/news/headlines/TCOG-prepares-for-sequester-impact-200544421.html
      SHERMAN, TX -- During a special meeting TCOG board members were briefed on the impact programs are facing because of the sequester.
      Director Susan Thomas says the public housing program is looking at a 13 percent cut between now and December, and their Aging program will feel the heat. But she says state agencies will assist with funding, to cushion the blow.
      The program most affected could be the Section 8 program. Thomas says they could lose about 31 vouchers, which means 31 families would be without help for a place to live. But they do have extra federal funding to fall back on.
      "We won't have to immediately pull vouchers from families. Some of them will fall off from attrition and those, if we get to the point where we have to reduce that, they'll provide some additional funding to support that so that the implementation is not quite as harsh," Thomas said.
      TCOG says they will do anything possible to make sure no Texoma family is homeless as a result of the sequester.


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      (Marlborough, MA.)
      Rent increases expected for Section 8 tenants in Marlborough
      By Kendall Hatch/Daily News staff
      The MetroWest Daily News
      Posted Mar 29, 2013 @ 12:01 AM


      http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x2082722201/Rent-increases-expected-for-Section-8-tenants-in-Marlborough


      MARLBOROUGH — Some tenants with Section 8 housing vouchers will see their rents jump nearly 50 percent because of federal cuts linked to the sequester.


      Housing Director Doug Bushman told the Community Development Authority Thursday that the average rent increase for a tenant with a voucher will be about 45 percent.
      Bushman said the federal department of Housing and Urban Development is decreasing the amount of money it gives to the city for Section 8 payments to landlords by 6 percent. Money to administer the program will be cut by 31 percent.
      Those numbers are not final, as HUD could make changes before the cuts go into effect in May, he said.
      The board could have chosen to pull vouchers, but decided to spread out the cuts across voucher holders. Bushman said he pulled two vouchers issued late last year but weren’t being used. The city holds 135 vouchers, 125 of which are within the city.
      Bushman said the Housing Division would change the formula that dictates how much a voucher holder’s rent would be subsidized in a way that is expected to cut the cost of the program by just under $13,000 a month.
      Bushman said that of the 135 tenants holding vouchers, 35 will see no change in their subsidy at all. Three or four tenants will see their subsidies increase. The rest will see increases in their rent ranging from a few percentage points to more than twice of what they currently pay.
      "There are a lot of tenants who are going to be really hurting," CDA member Lynn Faust said.
      After the meeting, Bushman gave a few concrete examples of what rents might look like for some current tenants.
      One tenant now paying $320 monthly will be bumped to $479. Another paying $130 will see their share go up to $331.
      Bushman said that some of his colleagues do not believe the cuts will come through and have not prepared for them. He said that he hopes that by demonstrating that Marlborough is taking the situation seriously, HUD may be more inclined to offer the city additional assistance and soften the blow.
      Regardless, Bushman said on Thursday that he had envelopes stuffed for tenants and landlords giving them 30 days notice of the potential rent increases. He said he intended to send them out after Thursday morning’s meeting.


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      Philadelphia Housing Authority approves new budget plan


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      http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130329_Philadelphia_Housing_Authority_approves_new_budget_plan.html


      Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer


      POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013, 3:01 Am
      Through a combination of layoffs, cost cutting, and property sales, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) hopes to offset by $23.3 million the shortfall in its budget caused by the sequester cuts.


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      (Riverside County, CA - 746 voucher holders at risk of losing vouchers)
      Cuts Threaten Riverside County Housing Vouchers
      By David Downey6 p.m.March 28, 2013


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      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar/28/federal-cuts-threaten-housing-vouchers/


      Automatic federal budget cuts that took effect earlier this month could jeopardize housing vouchers for more than 700 low-income Riverside County families, county officials say.
      It is anticipated that so-called sequestration will yank $6 million out of a $71 million program that helps nearly 9,000 families make rent, said Heidi Marshall, an assistant director for the Economic Development Agency who oversees the county Housing Authority.
      "These are trying times. We have never seen anything like this before," Marshall said in a telephone interview recently. “The bottom line is we’re going to have to downsize the cost of that program somehow."
      Marshall said officials are weighing whether to cut off support from as many as 746 families to trim the $6 million, or to require everyone to pay a greater share of rent. As it is, participants pay 30 percent and the county picks up the other 70 percent.
      Neither option is attractive.
      More than half of those served are elderly or disabled, Marshall said.
      “You’re talking about people on a very fixed income. Any increase is going to be detrimental," she said.
      Three-fourths of all participants enter the program making no more than 30 percent of the median Riverside County income -- $13,400 for a one-person household or $15,300 for a family of two, Marshall said.
      The maximum they earn is half the median income, defined as $22,300 for one person and $25,500 for a two-person family.
      Not only will the federal move affect some or all of 8,952 families who receive rental assistance, for the rest of 2013 it will prevent anyone else from enrolling, Marshall said.
      More than 15,000 people are waiting for Section 8 housing vouchers, including veterans who are having difficulty finding places to live, Marshall said.
      “It’s just a shame because we have close to 1,000 veteran families on our waiting list right now," she said.


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      (Georgia)
      Housing authority examines budget possibilities for next fiscal year


      March 28, 2013


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      http://www.lagrangenews.com/view/full_story/22095810/article-Housing-authority-examines-budget-possibilities-for-next-fiscal-year?instance=popular


      The threat of sequestered funds has made many government agencies look hard into their budgets for the next fiscal year.
      The LaGrange Housing Authority board met Tuesday to discuss two budget options, one including the possibility of HUD not giving any subsidy for the year; the other budget showed that of receiving an 87 percent subsidy from HUD.
      In budget sheets of the two plans, the zero subsidy budget would leave the possibility of $1.9 million in LHA funding being vulnerable to HUD recapture as opposed to to $2.5 million being recaptured if they were to receive the normal 87 percent subsidy from HUD. With the no subsidy plan, they would use $1.5 million of their reserve fund for LHA operations.
      These budgets are based on estimates and assumptions, according to Willie Beatty a managing partner for the housing authority, as it is unclear what will happen with government funding. Beatty said LHA will likely go through budgeting several times throughout the year and recommended the budget be an interim budget, so they can revise it at any time if needed.


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      Augusta Housing Authority approves operating budget with $800,000 deficit
      By Meg Mirshak
      Staff Writer
      Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:27 PM


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      http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2013-03-28/augusta-housing-authority-approves-operating-budget-800000-deficit?v=1364490686


      Reductions in federal subsidies will require the Augusta Housing Authority to operate using money from its reserves in the coming fiscal year.


      On Thursday, the housing authority’s board of commissioners approved an operating budget for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, with a projected $800,000 deficit.


      Subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were down 13 percent, compared with the current fiscal year. The housing authority took an additional 5 percent hit from sequestration, or widespread federal spending cuts that began March 1, said Jacob Oglesby, the executive director of the Augusta Housing Authority.


      Because of the reductions, the operating budget does not include money to fill 12 of 13 vacant staff positions or pay salary increases or cost-of-living adjustments, Oglesby said.


      The housing authority will limit replacements of equipment such as refrigerators in housing units and will hold off on replacing older vehicles in its fleet.


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      Sequester hits Northwest Georgia Housing Authority
      by Doug Walker, Associate Editor - March 28, 2013
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      http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/22090639/article-Sequester-hits-Northwest-Georgia-Housing-Authority?instance=home_news_lead_story


      The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority is looking for ways to trim its budget in the face of the potential loss of HUD operating subsidies. 


      NWGHA Finance Director Phillip Steers briefed the board Wednesday on the potential impact of sequestration on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development budget.


      “I took our budget and basically said ‘what would happen if nothing else changed and we only had 82-percent funding,’” Steers said. “Overall, we’ll still have a profit of $160,000 approximately, but that’s a far cry from the $397,000 we were talking about.”


      Steers said housing authority management would be meeting with staff in the near future. 


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      Hano Works To Keep Section 8 Voucher Families Off Wait List
      March 26, 2013


      http://wgno.com/2013/03/26/hano-works-to-honor-vouchers-for-families-closest-to-moving-in/


      WGNO News has new details about a story reported exclusively last weekend.
      7-hundred families found out they’d be placed back on the waiting list to receive section-8 housing.
      Now leaders with the Housing Authority of New Orleans are trying to help families who were furthest along in the process of securing housing.
      Darian Trotter continues our coverage.
      The Housing Authority of New Orleans has had a steady stream of clients coming and going.
      In some cases, after finding out their newly issued section-8 housing vouchers are being withdrawn, they’ve been devastated.
      WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “What did they say? They just told me that I gotta wait, I gotta move out the house, and wait for somebody to contact me with more funds but what am I supposed to do until then?” asked an unidentified woman who described herself as a voucher holder.
      Friday, WGNO News reported exclusive details about letters mailed to 7-hundred voucher holders.
      In them, HANO explained a number of circumstances, including an over subscription of vouchers and budget cuts are causing recently issued vouchers to be withdrawn effective immediately; because HANO does not have sufficient federal funds to subsidize new housing at the current time, or the near future.
      “And I got three children, I done bought furniture for the house and everything,” an unidentified single mother said.
      This week, those families are in a bind, because a number of them were about to move into their own home.
      The single mother said, “They got me stressed out.” “This my first time getting a voucher now y’all want to take it back.” “Like seriously!” “They did the inspection and everything.” “The only thing I had to do was contract signing and move me in the house. I got the keys, I got everything.”
      Now families who received a letter of withdrawal will go back on the waiting list.
      HANO Administrative Receiver, David Gilmore says there’s an important footnote.
      “No current voucher holders are going to lose their assistance,” Gilmore said. “Nobody needs to worry about that and there are 17-thousand of them out there in New Orleans.”
      But calls into the WGNO newsroom suggest that is not entirely so.
      It’s why the unidentified voucher holder was shedding real tears.
      She said, “Six months I have been in the house and now I gotta move out that’s not fair, it’s not fair.”
      After six years on the waiting list, the mother of three says going back on the list means going back to sleeping where ever she can.
      “That’s like I’m homeless, going from house to house.” “I need my own house.”
      Gilmore says the situation has become dire for potential renters because a number of landlords violated HANO rules by allowing families to move-in before they were supposed to.
      Under HANO rules all move-ins are subject to inspections and signed contracts.
      Gilmore says the agency is in the process of working on a case-by-case basis with families who followed the rules and were steps away from moving into their home.
      Others will be placed back on the waiting list in their original order.
      HANO says they will however be first to come off the list when additional funding is available.



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      Sequestration to affect Tioga-Bradford Housing Authority
      March 26, 2013
      By CHERYL R. CLARKE (cclarke@...) , Williamsport Sun-Gazette


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      http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/590801/Sequestration-to-affect-Tioga-Bradford-Housing-Authority.html?nav=5011


      MANSFIELD - The Tioga-Bradford Housing Authority will not escape cuts from the federal government's sequestration action, which starts Oct. 1, authority executive director Kelley Cevette said.
      The authority will see cuts to its allocations for its three service areas, including a decrease to 81 percent of past allocations.
      In other areas, Cevette said, such as rental assistance, the authority will receive 94 percent current amount and 69 percent for administration costs to operate the program.
      "A quick calculation amounts to roughly $300,000 will be cut over the course of the year, so when we looked at how we can function more efficiently, we looked at that figure," she said.


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      (Joliet, Illinois)
      Sequestration adds to Housing Authority’s woes
      By Bob Okon bokon@... March 26, 2013 7:22PM


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      http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/19115245-418/sequestration-adds-to-housing-authoritys-woes.html


      Sequestration problems have doubled the troubles of the Housing Authority of Joliet.
      HAJ was labeled a “troubled” housing agency in October by federal regulators who wanted, among other things, to see more reserve funds in the bank accounts.
      Before HAJ coud build up its savings, it got another notice from the federal government. Funding for Joliet will be cut by nearly $900,000 because of the federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, initiated earlier this month.
      HAJ did not know the full impact of the sequestration cuts last week when it sent a layoff warning to employees. At the time, interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Simelton said HAJ would lose at least $500,000 but was still calculating the full costs.
      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had notified HAJ that it would cut back on the percentage it pays for residents’ rent. That means HAJ has to make up the difference between what HUD pays and what tenants are required to pay under federal guidelines.
      HAJ set the budget for its seven public housing projects with the expectation of nearly $3.9 million in annual federal funding. Now, it expects to get less than $3 million.




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      (New Orleans - More than 700 people are losing Section 8 vouchers)
      HANO Withdraws Hundreds Of Section 8 Housing Vouchers


      Darian Trotter - March 22, 2013


      http://wgno.com/2013/03/22/hano-withdraws-hundreds-of-section-8-housing-vouchers/


      Some housing hopefuls are about to get some unpleasant news.
      After long waits, and finally receiving Section 8 housing vouchers, hundreds of families will soon find out they’re being placed back on the waiting list.
      Darian Trotter reports on the exclusive details.
      “No it don’t surprise me,” tenant Keanca Doucet said. “Nothing surprises me that goes on back here with HANO; nothing.”
      She’s frustrated, to say the least, with the Housing Authority of New Orleans.
      And given HANO’s recent move she can expect company.
      More than 700 families who’ve recently received Section 8 housing vouchers are finding out that they will have to get back in line and wait all over again.
      How could this happen? “It’s because of budget cuts and because HANO is currently not able to subsidize those vouchers,” HANO Public Information Officer Leslie Thomas said.
      In a letter being mailed to applicants this weekend, HANO explains a number of circumstances, including an over subscription of vouchers and budget cuts are causing recently issued vouchers to be withdrawn effective immediately.
      HANO does not have sufficient federal funds to subsidize additional apartments; at the current time, or the near future.
      “It’s important for me to say the 17,000, plus families who are on the Section 8 program that are currently being assisted and currently have subsidized vouchers are not being effected in any way,” Thomas explained.
      In other words, only the 700 families who were in the process of finally finding Section 8 housing will have to be placed back on the waiting list in their original order.
      WGNO News has learned some of the applicants had been waiting for as long as 4 years.
      “I think it’s wrong, just like I said the first time,” HANO voucher holder Doris Dawson said. “That’s not right at all, you know, “What are those people going to do?”
      Back at the soon to be demolished Iberville Housing Projects, help from HANO to move out has been slow.
      Remaining families have to be out by April 5th.
      Trotter asked, “What are you going to do? Aint nothing to do but wait,” Doucet said. “They have to put me out cuz I ain’t leaving; I don’t have no money.”
      WGNO News has learned families already receiving assistance take priority.
      “We have to wait, so they have to wait.”
      In the letter applicants will receive between Saturday and Monday — HANO apologizes for any disruption or disappointment the withdrawal will cause.


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      (Alabama)
      Sequestration cuts Huntsville Housing Authority by 5 percent, CEO Michael Landy said


      on March 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM, updated March 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM
      Click below for full story...


      HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Sequestration has hit the Huntsville Housing Authority by wiping out about 5 percent of its budget for 2014, executive director and CEO Michael Lundy said today.
      The housing authority commission today approved a $10.1 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year that begins April 1. Lundy told the commission, however, that the across-the-board federal budget cuts - known as sequestration - cost HHA about $1.6 million.
      Following the meeting, Lundy said the authority is operating on about 76 percent of the budget it needs.
      "We are estimating we're going to lose about $1.6 million," said Lundy, adding that sequestration is responsible for cutting the HHA budget by about 5 percent. "What that means for our program is we won't be able to serve as many people."
      Lundy said that, as a result of the cuts, the housing authority will be serving "about 300 less people than we currently serve now" as part of the federal Section 8 housing voucher program.


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      (Santa Clara County, CA.)
      Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara Confirms $21 Million Cut in Section 8 Funding Will Bring Hardship to County's Poorest Families
      1,500 households in Santa Clara County may lose their housing this year due to a $21 million cut from the HACSC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
        
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      http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/03/25/4721502/impact-of-sequestration-slams.html
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      (San Diego)
      LOCAL HOUSING AID SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF SEQUESTER CUTS
      By Roger Showley12:01 a.m.March 25, 2013
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      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar/25/tp-local-housing-aid-suspended-because-of/


      Lost in the recent sequester battle in Washington is the hope of more than 30,000 low-income San Diegans to get federal rent relief after years of waiting.
      While current aid recipients are not affected, future beneficiaries face more than a year of delay.
      When Congress failed to reverse the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts ordered under the 2011 sequestration budget legislation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development advised local housing authorities to cut 5 percent from this year’s Housing Choice Vouchers, or Section 8, program.
      Rick Gentry, chief executive officer of the San Diego Housing Commission, said that cut translates locally into nearly $7.4 million deducted from this year’s allocation of $147.5 million. Other housing authorities in the county face similar reductions.
      At $850 per month in average rent support, that means 723 families who will not be served by the housing commission, at least for the time being.
      “The effect of the sequester will not be abrupt here — it will not be catastrophic and there will be no families receiving a subsidy harmed or affected at all, at least initially,” Gentry said.
      There are 14,626 households currently receiving aid, and their vouchers are secure, Gentry said.
      Every month, about 50 vouchers are relinquished as recipients move, die or no longer need assistance. Typically, the vouchers are then transferred to the applicants at the top of the 30,000-person waiting list, who in some cases have waited seven years or longer to get aid.
      But since Jan. 1, Gentry said, no new vouchers have been granted because of the sequester. That moratorium will likely continue for 14½ months, into early 2014, assuming the sequester isn’t repealed and further budget cuts aren’t adopted.

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      Federal Cuts Mean Local Housing Authorities Face Budget Reductions
      By JESSE LEAVENWORTH and SUZANNE CARLSON, leavenworth@...
      The Hartford Courant
      March 24, 2013
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      http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-section-eight-sequestration-20130324,0,477223.story


      The effects of federal budget cuts are hitting home.
      The $85 billion in mandatory cuts known as the sequester is hacking into housing authority budgets throughout the state and shrinking the value of Section 8
      vouchers that poor
      people use to pay the bulk of their rent.
      Waiting lists for the scarce and valuable vouchers will remain long, and housing advocates say some needy people could be pushed into homelessness.
      So-called "housing choice vouchers" are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which estimates the cuts will affect about 125,000 families in the nation.
      "It's a horrible situation for us. It's causing a lot of undue stress around here, I'll tell you that," Vernon Housing Authority Executive Director Jeffrey Arn said. "We work all year to help as many people as we can, and we had our program running just how we wanted it — we were actually growing the program a little bit — and now we're going to take a huge hit."
      HUD has told housing authority executives to expect 94 percent of the amount they were to get in housing assistance payments, which go to poor tenants and landlords who rent subsidized apartments. HUD has also said that the fees housing authorities receive for administering those payments will be cut by about 31 percent, forcing the agencies to make tough decisions. Some directors say they may have to remove people from the program.
      The nonprofit Connecticut Housing Coalition has already heard from people whose recently awarded vouchers were rescinded, agency Executive Director Betsy Crum said. Thousands of people in the state are on waiting lists to get Section 8 aid, Crum said.


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      (Tennessee)


      Sequestration cuts having impact on public aid agencies
      Published March 23, 2013
      By Sue Guinn Legg - Press Staff Writer


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      http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?id=105678


      Richard McClain, Johnson City Housing Authority executive director, said HUD funding for both public housing and Section 8 rent vouchers administered by the JCHA were both reduced by 10 percent for March. April’s funding for the authority’s Section 8 vouchers restored that 10 percent cut and April’s funding for public housing has not yet been allocated.
      McClain said HUD apparently made the March cuts in anticipation of sequestration and he speculated the federal housing agency “rolled over” unspent funding from its 2012 budget to make up for the March sequestration cut to Section 8.


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      (County of Los Angeles)
      Federal sequester hits home for many of L.A.'s poor
      By Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
      Posted:   03/21/2013 09:35:32 PM PDT
      Updated:   03/21/2013 09:41:37 PM PDT 


      http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22845438/federal-sequester-hits-home-many-las-poor


      Tens of thousands of Los Angeles County's low-income renters could see a loss in their housing subsidy because of the federal sequester, leading to higher rent payments and a spike in homelessness, according to local officials.
      City and county officials are in Washington D.C. this week lobbying to try to soften the blow of the cuts, pushing for permission to increase rents so they don't have to throw most recipients off the program altogether.
      "This is absolutely going to hurt the most vulnerable people in LA county," said Sean Rogan, who heads the L.A. County housing authority, HACoLA.
      Among those most vulnerable are people like Sylvia Juarez, a 39-year-old single mother of six, who has been on Section 8 housing subsidies for a year, receiving $1,825 in assistance for a three-bedroom Panorama City apartment after escaping an abusive relationship.
      Juarez can work only part-time as a hairdresser because her two youngest children have health problems, but she found out last week that she would have to pay $100 more in rent each month, doubling the amount she pays out of her own pocket.
      "With six kids, that would definitely make a big impact," she said while seeking help at the emergency food bank at MEND-Meet Each Need with Dignity, in Pacoima.
      "It's going to be a struggle but I need the housing, so I have to figure out a way to get that money," she added. "I have no choice." 
      Rogan and Douglas Guthrie, who heads the city authority, HACLA, are meeting with federal housing officials and members of Congress this week.
      "(The sequester) brings funding for public housing and Section 8 programs down to the lowest level in their history," Guthrie pointed out.
      "Los Angeles has the largest homeless population in the U.S.," he added. "We've put a lot of resources into addressing that, and made progress, but much of it will be lost because of these enormous cuts."
      He said the sequester slashed funding for HACoLA's Section 8 program by about $15 million this year.
      It has already prevented him from issuing 300 vouchers that would have provided poor families and individuals with an average of $890 in rent money each month.
      In October, Rogan said, he may also be forced to terminate vouchers held by 500 to 1,800 households.
      Trying to prevent that, he met repeatedly with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials this week, seeking authority to have all of HACoLA's 22,000 voucher holders pay more toward their rent.
      "I'm effectively asking HUD to allow me to increase all my voucher holders' rent payments by about 5 percent - which is the sequestration amount - so I don't have to terminate anybody," Rogan said. "Spread the pain."
      "If it comes down to us having to terminate vouchers, we've exempted seniors, the homeless and our special needs population," he added. "We would terminate those who've been on the program the longest and have received the greatest benefit."
      HACLA, on the other hand, is poised to notify 24,000 of its 45,000 voucher holders next week that they may have to pay $100-$200 more toward their rent each month.
      The increase - which is more than 5 percent - will not kick in for everyone at once. Voucher holders will be hit with the new rates when they recertify their eligibility for the program.
      Guthrie said the hike is needed because HACLA's Section 8 program will lose $40 million this year. He worries, however, that many won't be able to afford it.
      Those who qualify for vouchers are typically disabled, seniors, veterans and extremely low-income families and individuals who subsist on less than $14,000 a year.
      Section 8 was intended to help them spend only 30 percent of their household income on rent.
      "For a family paying $200 in rent to see that rate go up, all of a sudden, to $300 a month - that's, at the very least, extremely disruptive and we're very concerned," Guthrie said.
      "Those who can't afford it may have to find another place that charges less rent, or move in with family and friends," he added. "Ultimately, it's pushing people out of the system and potentially into homelessness."
      Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival, a tenants' rights organization, called the sequester a "one-two punch to the gut of low-income people."
      "It's sort of like an economic tsunami, and the impact is going to be on the most vulnerable," he added. "The Section 8 cuts are essentially making them walk the plank, and many will fall."
      HACLA's Section 8 program director Peter Lynn said the agency is reaching out to landlords to see if they can negotiate rents downward, but he conceded this might be difficult.
      On top of the cuts to their Section 8, public housing, and other programs, HACoLA and HACLA will also have to endure cuts to their administrative budgets - which means layoffs and furloughs for their already depleted staffs effective this month.
      Guthrie said HACLA could shed as many as 80 employees, bringing its staff down to about 700 - only half as many as it had four years ago. Rogan said HACoLA eliminated 66 positions last year, and could lose more this year.
      Worried about the sequester, Supervisor Don Knabe asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to urge Washington D.C. officials to protect the county's safety net.
      "Our leaders at the federal level must come to agreement on a balanced, sensible budget," he said. "We don't need more rhetoric - we need compromise and thoughtful solutions."
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      twitter.com/LADNvillacorte


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      (Kokomo, Indiana)
      Housing authority doing more with less
      Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:00 am


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      http://kokomoperspective.com/kp/news/housing-authority-doing-more-with-less/article_0533808a-90ca-11e2-8269-0019bb2963f4.html


      There are 1,225 subsidized or fully provided public housing units in Kokomo. That is a lot of people relying upon government for one of their primary needs. The Kokomo Housing Authority (KHA) provides the facilities and administers the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds that make it possible.


      With the arrival of sequestration, the KHA will have to do more with a lot less.


      According to KHA executive director Debra Cook, her organization took a 20-percent cut in funding in public housing dollars as well as in Section 8 administration funding. And she has no idea if this is temporary or if it will get better or worse in coming months.


      “Our budget was approved for 2013, but in January we got 92 percent of what was approved,” said Cook. “In March, we got 81 percent in public housing funds. We don’t know if this is temporary, or if that is going to be the standard for the rest of the year. It’s hard to do long-range planning and projects when you’re not sure how the funding is going to fall.


      “We have Section 8 vouchers as well, and we got 80 percent of the approved budget there. We’re getting hit in public housing and in administration.”


      Cook explained that there was no warning that the cuts would hit or how deep they would be. HUD sends a letter each month indicating the funding that will be provided, and that letter often arrives after the month has begun. Even the HUD office in Indianapolis was left in the dark on the sequestration impact until it arrived.


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      (California)
      Monterey County housing authority also faces sequestration cuts
      By PHILLIP MOLNAR 
      Herald Staff Writer
      Posted:   03/21/2013 05:14:21 PM PDT
      Updated:   03/21/2013 05:14:21 PM PDT


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      http://www.montereyherald.com/news/ci_22843735/monterey-county-housing-authority-also-faces-sequestration-cuts


      A service that thousands of county residents rely on will also be hit by federal sequestration cuts.
      The Housing Authority of Monterey County said this week it will lose roughly $850,000 in federal money and are unsure what its final budget will be for the rest of the year.
      "We're operating in the blind," said Lynn Santos, the authority's finance director.
      About $30 million goes into the county each year by way of Section 8 funds — money given to landlords for individuals who need assistance paying rent.
      Santos said cuts could mean the current number of tenants it gives assistance to — 3,700 county residents — would be reduced and the already large waiting list would grow.
      "Clearly cuts of this size are not sustainable when you consider that the 2014 budget could include additional cuts," she said.
      The only thing the authority knows for sure is 31 percent of its Section 8 administration fees, which primarily pays for its 82-person staff and office expenses, will be cut.
      The amount for administration this is $2.8 million, but Santos warns that number could lower when they get a 2013 budget from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
      HUD also gives the housing authority $550,00 for public housing units and $367,000 for its Pueblo Del Mar project at Fort Ord.


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      (Joliet, Illinois)
      Housing Authority of Joliet could be hit by sequestration cuts
      By Bob Okon bokon@... March 21, 2013 6:38PM




      Updated: March 21, 2013 10:23PM 


      The Housing Authority of Joliet has warned workers of possible layoffs because of the impact of the sequestration budget cuts in the federal government.
      The cuts amount to at least $500,000, said Interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Simelton. But it could be much more after the total impact is calculated, he said.
      Management will meet with unions to determine if there are alternatives to layoffs, Simelton said.
      One alternative sought by management, he said, would be for employees to begin paying something toward health insurance premiums. Workers now do not make a contribution toward health insurance, he said.
      And, Simelton said, “There are going to have to be some furloughs.”
      The federal cuts are coming in the form of housing subsidies. The government sets formulas based on income to determine how much residents pay for public housing. The remainder of the money is supplied by the housing authority, and most of it comes from the federal government.
      But the government has notified the housing authority that subsidies for public housing are going down to 73 percent of what the tenant does not pay, Simelton said. That percentage had been at 92 percent.
      For Section 8 housing, the federal subsidy will go down to 69 percent. It had been at 80 percent, Simelton said.


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      Massive sequestration budget cuts will shred the housing safety net 


      By Lynda Carson - March 1, 2013 


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      http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/03/01/18732959.php


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      (Texas)
      100 El Paso families lose Section 8 housing aid
      By Diana Washington Valdez \ El Paso Times
      Posted:   03/21/2013 12:00:00 AM MDT
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      http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_22835762/100-families-lose-section-8-housing-aid
      Because of federal budget cuts, the El Paso Housing Authority says it is dropping 100 families from its Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program effective March 31.
      Those families will be allowed to move into public housing.
      Letters notifying the 100 families who live in private housing and their landlords went out March 1. They were signed by Gerald Cichon, CEO of the El Paso Housing Authority.
      "Between now and December 2013, an additional 200 housing choice vouchers will be cut through attrition," the authority said Wednesday in a statement. "This means that as families naturally leave the HCV Program, the vouchers will not be reissued to the families on the HCV wait list."
      The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program permits families to receive subsidy vouchers that they can use to live in homes or apartments belonging to landlords who participate in the program. The average monthly HCV-Section 8 subsidy is $504, and it can range from $20 to $700 per family, depending on the size and income of the family.
      Shane Griffith, spokesman for the authority, said 5,200 families and 1,900 landlords are in the program.
      Griffith stressed that none of the 100 families who are being dropped from the HCV/Section 8 program will be turned out into the street. In selecting which families to drop first, Griffith said the authority is following its policy of terminating those who've been in a program the longest. 
      [[[The authority manages one of the largest affordable housing programs in the nation for low-income families. It has a $75 million budget, about 450 employees, 6,500 public housing units, and 5,300 Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers.]]]


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      (Iowa - March 20, 2013)
      Federal cuts hit home


      http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/federal-cuts-hit-home/article_0c4c413c-91c8-11e2-b248-001a4bcf887a.html


      MUSCATINE, Iowa —If you’re one of the families that needs Section 8 housing, sequestration has more than likely just pulled up the “welcome” mat.
      That’s the most acute effect that across-the-board spending cuts are having on local government — namely, at the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency.
      “We are 99 percent federally funded,” said Dick Yerington, the city’s housing administrator. “These are the
      worst
      cuts we’ve seen in 35 years. It’s not a pretty thing.”
      Yerington said he’s already trimmed $162,000 — about 7 percent of his department’s $2,205,400 budget — for the 2013 calendar year. About half those cuts — $83,000 — are in Section 8 housing assistance payments.
      Currently, 364 low-income families are in the program, Yerington said, but the cuts will mean that, through attrition, only about 340 families can be served.
      [[[Reducing the Section 8 payment standard for two-bedroom and larger units, which the city council will consider during its meeting this evening]]]


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      (Texas)
      Orange Housing Authority braces for cuts
      March 20, 2013
      http://therecordlive.com/2013/03/20/orange-housing-authority-braces-cuts/


      The Orange Housing Authority is bracing for what could be a bumpy ride as they look to the future to determine what cuts may come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
      Through communications with HUD, the Orange Housing authority has learned they could see an eight percent cut to their public housing funding and a six percent cut on Section 8 funding.
      As a precaution, OHA officials have already implemented a plan. They are not issuing any new vouchers and the list to get on public housing has been closed since July.


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      (Street Spirit Newspaper)
      Sequestration Will Shred the Housing Safety Net

      By Lynda Carson - March 2013

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      http://www.thestreetspirit.org/sequestration-will-shred-the-housing-safety-net/

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      (Massachusetts)
      Worcester loses $675,000 in federal funds

      By Nick Kotsopoulos TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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      http://www.telegram.com/article/20130319/NEWS/130319605/1116

      WORCESTER —  Several local programs that receive federal funds through the city are facing
      reductions in
      their allocations for the final quarter of this fiscal year because of federal budget sequestration.

      Since the cuts will have to be implemented over just a three-month period, City Manager Michael V. O’Brien said they will have a four times greater impact on programs than had the cuts been made at the beginning of the year.

      Automatic, across-the-board spending reductions triggered by sequestration are expected to amount to an 8.2 percent cut in federal funding coming to the city, he said.

      The manager said that would equate to more than $675,000 cuts to the following programs: community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, and Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.

      The programs that will be affected by the funding cuts include food pantries, affordable housing programs, after-school programs, social service case management and
      homelessness prevention, he said

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      (Indiana)
      Federal sequestration fallout affecting GHA funding issues

      Monday, March 18, 2013

      Greencastle Banner-Graphic

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      http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/1950691.html

      On March 1, sequestration went into effect, and government agencies across the nation began feeling the backlash.

      The Greencastle Housing Authority (GHA) is one those agencies. Housing Authorities across the nation are losing significant funding to operate their agencies.

      On March 8, HUD sent letters to all Housing Authorities informing them that administrative funding would be cut to 68.5 percent, and Housing Assistance Payments would be cut to 94 percent.

      This means that GHA
      will
      receive fewer dollars in calendar year 2013, or only 68.5 percent of CY 2012 allocated funds, to operate the Voucher Program in Putnam County.

      Due to GHA's current debt to HUD, resulting from operation of the previous A-Way Home Shelter, GHA is operating at a deficit and may be forced to only be open four days per week rather than the current five days.

      That will mean that current clients on the Voucher Program may see fewer hours that they are able to come into the GHA office for assistance or to sign required HUD documents. Any persons currently on the Voucher Program do not need to worry about losing their voucher.

      A public notice will go out if funding for Housing Assistance Payments is reduced further, GHA officials said.

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      Sequester could decrease public housing aid

      Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing looking at possible 5
      percent cut

      Mar. 19, 2013 8:28 PM

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      http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20130319/NEWS01/303190019/Sequester-could-decrease-public-housing-aid

      CHILLICOTHE — The federal sequester could affect the Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority as the agency braces for 5 percent cuts that might result in a decrease in the number of families receiving assistance through its public housing program.

      The CMHA provides rental assistance to low-income families as part of its Section 8 housing voucher program, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees. Cheryl Buck, Section 8 program manager for CMHA, said the program is funded to help 515 families and that a formula is used to determine the amount each family can
      receive.

      However, she said the cuts could cause CMHA to serve 47 families fewer than expected.

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      Interest high, outlook bleak for Section 8

      March 18. 2013 10:56PM

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      http://psdispatch.com/news/local-news/360193/Interest-high-outlook-bleak-for-Section-8

      The Luzerne County Housing Authority received 966 requests for Section 8 rental assistance during a recent 11-day window allowing residents to apply for the first time in two years.

      Authority Executive Director David Fagula said new applicants should expect a lengthy wait for rental subsidy — in some cases years — because the federal government isn’t providing enough funding this year to cover people
      already in the program.

      “The funding numbers don’t look good,” Fagula said.

      The authority, which serves all county municipalities except for the four cities, is federally authorized to fill 1,115 Section 8 slots, but 81 aren’t being accessed by renters because of federal funding cuts, he said.

      Rental subsidy for the 1,034 current participants will cost about $5.7 million this year, and the authority is projected to receive $5.5 million, Fagula said.

      “I don’t think we’ll be able to call anyone new in for the rest of the year because we’re already spending more money than we’re expected to receive,” Fagula said.

      The authority may be forced to eject some of the current participants later this year if nobody leaves the program, he said.

      Other housing authorities throughout the country have been notifying Section 8 participants their rental subsidy might be cut off because of federal budget
      cuts.

      Fagula said he opted to seek new applicants because residents had been banned from requesting service since March 2011, when 700 applications were received during a three-week enrollment period. He limited the latest enrollment to 11 days because he expected overwhelming response due to the economy.

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      HUD: Federal sequester will cause Illinois 4,500 fewer families to receive housing

      BY MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA Staff Reporter mihejirika@... March 18, 2013 1:29AM

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      http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/18700976-418/hud-federal-sequester-will-cause-illinois-4500-fewer-families-to-receive-housing.html

      Cuts to the Department of Housing & Urban Development have triggered dire consequences for the Housing Choice Voucher Program used by the Chicago Housing Authority to move thousands of families from areas of concentrated poverty into more diverse neighborhoods and suburbs.

      Statewide, thousands who would have gotten vouchers this year from municipal and regional housing agencies, won’t get them — including up to 700 families on HACC’s list. Currently, HACC isn’t accepting applications for Section 8 vouchers.

      And many who have already been awarded the elusive benefit — helping 2.1 million poor pay for housing nationwide, half of them elderly and
      disabled — may see themselves cut off.

      Under the sequester, HUD says Illinois will lose $45.3 million in funding for
      the voucher program — equating to 4,592 fewer families statewide receiving them this year.

      Illinois also will lose $4.9 million in homeless assistance; $2.1 million in funding for affordable housing development; and $372,000 in funding of housing for people with AIDS.

      Final numbers won’t be known until Congress approves a spending bill. And as of Thursday, no viable proposals were on the table to change the federal fiscal situation.

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      March 16, 2013
      Officials tackle cuts in housing funds

      By Joe Pinchot
      Herald Staff Writer

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      MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County Housing Authority
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