Bills expanding Section 8 vouchers and facilitating mobile home purchases passed a House panel and are expected to be win full House approval, reported Congressional Quarterly Weekly. The voucher bill (HR 1851) would authorize 100,000 new vouchers over five years and require HUD to allocate voucher funds based on housing data from the previous 12 months. The older data currently used to distribute funds has resulted in the loss of roughly 150,000 vouchers since 2004, housing advocates say. The bill would also expand the number of public housing authorities eligible to participate in the Moving to Work program from 40 to 60. The program provides authorities with increased flexibility to design tenant self-sufficiency initiatives.
Housing Overhaul Would Expand Voucher Program for the Poor
05/26/2007 | Congressional Quarterly Weekly