Sequester cuts to HUD could leave 200,000 low-income seniors, families, disabled & veterans homeless
If the across-the-board sequester cuts to non-defense discretionary programs take effect on March 1, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will have to significantly scale back low-income housing and emergency shelter programs, potentially leaving 200,000 people homeless.
“The cuts would be deeply destructive to HUD programs and those who rely on them, including hundreds of thousands of middle-class and low-income individuals,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Feb. 14th, Donovan said those who would be most impacted are low-income seniors, families, veterans, and people with disability.
Sequestration would result in cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), low-income housing, emergency shelters, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
Here are the impacts to HUD programs are the designed to prevent homelessness if sequestration is not averted:
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s testimony on impacts of sequestration before the Senate Appropriations Committee
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: OMB Controller Daniel Werfel’s testimony on impacts of sequestration before the Senate Appropriations Committee
- Senate Appropriations Committee: Video of the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the impacts of sequestration on Feb. 14, 2013
- Senate Appropriations Committee: Hearing on the impacts of sequestration on Feb. 14, 2013
- Senate Appropriations Committee: Written testimony – HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on the impacts of sequestration on Feb. 14, 2013 (PDF)
- WhatTheFolly.com: 5 key facts about sequestration
- WhatTheFolly.com: Analysis: Impact of sequestration on non-defense discretionary spending
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