Richard Kogan makes the case that policymakers should not cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding any further. If they do, it will threaten the governments ability to “provide crucial benefits and services and perform core public functions” including providing low-income housing.
Kogan gives as six reasons why policymakers should not go below the NDD caps:
• VA Medical Care – • Pell Grants, • Exhaustion of One-Time Savings, • Assisted Housing including Section 8, • Expiring Health Reform Funding, and • Population Growth.
In regards to Section 8, he writes:
The Section 8 assisted housing programs help low-income households — especially those with children or elderly persons or persons with disabilities — by limiting their rent payments for low-cost private housing units to 30 percent of household income. To continue serving the same number of low-income families over the next decade (which would still leave about three-fourths of eligible households without assistance due to funding limitations), the programs will require about $30 billion more funding than the growth allowed by inflation.