New Vouchers in HUD’s 2008 Budget

In the FY 2008 HUD Budget, which has still faces a Presidential veto, includes the following new Section 8 Vouchers:

$75 million for approximately 7,500 – 10,000 new Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers for homeless veterans;

$30 million for approximately 4,000 new vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities; and

$30 million for approximately 4,000 new Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers for families that would otherwise be separated because of a housing problem.

According to NACCED “over the Thanksgiving recess talks are anticipated between the democratic congressional leadership and the White House. At issue is the president’s insistence that the domestic spending bills be limited to the aggregate $933 billion proposed in his budget. The Congressional Budget Resolution passed last spring contains a limit of $953 billion. Just before the recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) proposed to split the difference, but a White House spokesperson threw cold water on this suggestion.” In the House there are not enough votes to override the threatened veto. The Senate will vote on the HUD Budget on December 10th. The new vouchers are not expected to be at risk of a veto.