Section 8 Reform and Homeless Definition Updates

House Financial Services Marks Up Key Legislation

Representative Judy BiggertOn February 7, 2012, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Development marked up two key pieces of legislation that would impact the work to end homelessness in our country.

The first bill, the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012, is the latest iteration of the Section 8 Voucher reform bills. Among other things, the newest bill would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to set minimum monthly rental fees which would be higher than the maximum fees currently required, regardless of income, for those in public, voucher, and project-based housing.

The second bill was HR 32, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011. HR 32 would expand HUD’s definition of homelessness to include people who are considered homeless under other federal statutes, including the Department of Education’s homeless programs. This would dramatically increase the number of people eligible for HUD’s homeless services.

Both provisions will now go to the full committee of the House.

Click here for more information, including an archived webcast of the markup, on the House Financial Services Committee website.

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