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Voucher Reform in 2012

NLIHC Provides Congressional Overview
Lobby Day March 28, 2012

CongressGiven that 2012 is an election year and the deep divisions between the two parties, legislative gridlock is expected to continue. The Section 8 Savings Act (SESA) voucher reform bill is expected to be formally introduced and taken up by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity by early February

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has identified the following key housing policy issues for the year:

  1. Budget and Appropriations
  2. Sequestration
  3. Housing Finance Reform
  4. Voucher Reform Bill

In this the third of four posts we will focus on Voucher Reform Bill.

The Section 8 Savings Act (SESA) voucher reform bill is expected to be formally introduced and taken up by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity by early February. To date, two iterations of the draft bill have been circulated. The latest version included an unexpected and significant increase to minimum rents for voucher holders, public housing residents, and tenants in HUD-subsidized properties. Another draft bill, which would authorize expansion of the Moving to Work demonstration to all public housing authorities and make the program permanent, could well be attached to the SESA bill upon introduction or at mark up. These two proposals are very controversial and could slow the bill’s progress. In another impediment to the bill’s passage, the Senate has not introduced a voucher reform bill of its own.

Click here to learn more about the NLIHC and its 2012 Annual Policy Conference and Lobby Day.

If you will be going to DC for Lobby Day this year email Arnold Cohen from the Housing and Community Development Network who is coordinating this year’s event.

by Kate M. Kelly

Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts. To read more about Kate and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Ms. Kelly an email.

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