Sequester cuts to HUD could leave 200,000 low-income seniors, families, disabled & veterans homeless

WTF Shaun Donovan 2.14.13

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.

Read more: Transcript: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s testimony on impacts of sequestration before the Senate Appropriations Committee

“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:

  • 125,000 individuals and families – mostly elderly and disabled Americans – will lose their Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) subsidies to help them afford “decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market”.
  • 100,000 homeless individuals and families – including many families and veterans – will be dropped from their current HUD-funded emergency shelters or supportive housing programs.
  • 7,300 households won’t receive HUD low-income housing assistance due to cuts to the Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
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    5 Comments on “Sequester cuts to HUD could leave 200,000 low-income seniors, families, disabled & veterans homeless

    1. This is truly the work of wreckless madnen(and women) whose sanity should
      truly be up for investigation .As far as the federal level is concerned, there are no `good guys’ in this one.

    2. The First one i made a few mistakes so ignore that one Please Thank You.The 2nd Comment,is the Right And Complete One.

    3. What You All Need To Do Is Stop Spending Monies On Going To Other Countries And Taking Over There Countries And Telling Them How They Should Run There Countries, And Sending Our Troops To Fight For What ?so you can tell there families that they will be Homeless,and the Black people you Brought here to Slave for You,they Built these Country.And the Native people,(You Took Away Stole there Lands) Massacred Them,Made them Suffer.And We Are Still Suffering And You Still Aren’t Satisfied.You all Got The Nerve And The Audacity To Tell all people in America That Have Worked Hard And Paid You Taxes,That The Elderly,The Disabled,The Veterans,And All The Children That May Be homeless.All I Say May All Mighty God The Creator,Bless And Protect Us From This Madness Only He Can Do It.Peace And Love To Everyone Of Us.

    4. What you all need to stop doing is spending monies on going to other countries and taking over there countries,and sending our troops to die,for what so you can tell them that they will be homeless,and people who have worked hard all there lives,and the Native people that were Massacured and there lands taken from them, made to suffer all there lives,and you tell us 200,000 People may be Homeless,You Have the Nerve.I dont think the that the American People will sit back and except this Ordeal.Peace to all and may God Bless us all.Only he can stop this Madness.

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