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The need for affordable housing continues to increase while the resources to meet this need are stretched thin. These additional vouchers should be targeted to those who need them most, particularly low-income individuals and families experiencing homelessness, families needing housing assistance to keep their children out of foster care, people with disabilities unnecessarily living in institutions, and domestic violence victims.
More than 70,000 low-income families waiting for a voucher, including 352 households in New Jersey, felt the 2013 sequestration cuts to Housing Choice Voucher funding. The additional 40,000 vouchers are needed to fully restore all vouchers lost due to sequestration. In New Jersey, there is great need for affordable housing among families with children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly. In fact, households with children make up 49% of all households using Housing Choice Vouchers in New Jersey.
To fully restore the vouchers cut due to sequestration in a way that makes progress on important policy goals and saves money in other program areas –- such as reducing homelessness, keeping vulnerable families safe and together, and reducing unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities — Congress should provide full voucher renewal funding and $320 million for 40,000 targeted vouchers.
These targeted vouchers would:
Reduce homelessness and keeping vulnerable families together – $240 million for 30,000 vouchers.
Reduce unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities (Olmstead compliance) – $40 million for 5,000 vouchers.
Protect victims of domestic violence seeking emergency transfers – $40 million added to tenant protection account for up to 5,000 vouchers.