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Research: Funding Shortfalls for Section 8 Hurting Housing Assistance to Those in Need

Thursday, July 15, 2004 - 1:45AM

Funding shortfalls in the Section 8 voucher program resulting from a recent policy change at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are causing widespread reductions in housing assistance to low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities, new research finds. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities today released information gathered from 190 state and local housing agencies in 35 states revealing the extent of reductions in the amount of rental assistance they provide and/or the number of people they help. CBPP says this is the first large-scale compilation of cuts in assistance that are occurring as a result of the funding shortfalls.

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