As part of his presentation, Arnold Cohen shared data specifically about sequestration’s impact on New Jersey including:
A 189,044 unit shortage of housing units for extremely low income households;
The loss of 5,350 Housing Choice Vouchers and the loss of 4,384 Project Based Section 8 units; and
The loss of $6.4 million in CDBG funding and $2.1 million in HOME funding.
The briefings were attended by over 100 Hill staff, as well as by HUD staff and advocates. Briefing panelists presented state-by-state impacts of sequestration and took audience questions. Hilary Saunders, a tenant advocate and board member of New York State Tenants and Neighbors Information Service, commented that many assisted residents fear losing their homes due to sequestration. She urged Members of Congress and their staff to think not of numbers on a page, but of individual residents, as they consider sequestration.