“The recession has made it increasingly difficult for low-income people to afford decent housing. Federal statistics show that record numbers of people now pay more than half their incomes in rent, causing them to skimp on essentials like food, medical care and other basics, and increasing the chances that they will end up homeless. Local public housing authorities are experiencing record demand for housing vouchers issued under Section 8, the federal program that subsidizes rents for about two million of the nation’s poorest families. In the current budget environment, Congress is unlikely to pump more money into the $18 billion program. But a long-awaited reform bill that has bipartisan support in the House would streamline the current program, freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to help the needy….” Source: New York Times, September 12th, 2011 Full Story: Housing for the Truly Vulnerable For PDF of article, click here.
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