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Letter

Jerrold Nadler

From the office of:

Jerrold Nadler

From: The Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Sent By: melissa.connolly@mail.house.gov
Date: 2/29/2016

Support Section 8 Housing Program!

Deadline: March 7 COB

2015 Signers: Alma Adams, Joyce Beatty, Xavier Becerra, Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Madeleine Bordallo, Robert Brady, G.K. Butterfield, Lois Capps, Tony Cardenas, Matt Cartwright, Joaquin Castro, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, W.M. Lacy Clay, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Jim Costa, Joseph Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Danny K. Davis, Diana DeGette, Suzan DelBene, John Delaney, Rosa DeLauro, Mark DeSaulnier, Debbie Dingell, Keith Ellison, Eliot Engel, Elizabeth Esty, Chaka Fattah, Marcia Fudge, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutiérrez, Alcee Hastings, Brian Higgins, Rubén Hinojosa, Sheila Jackson Lee, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, William Keating, Dan Kildee, Ann McClane Kuster, James Langevin, Rick Larsen, John B. Larson, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Stephen Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Doris Matsui, Jim McDermott, James P. McGovern, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Gwen Moore, Donald Norcross, Frank Pallone, Jr., Bill Pascrell, Jr., Donald Payne, Jr., Scott Peters, Pedro Pierluisi, Chellie Pingree, Stacey Plaskett, Mark Pocan, Kathleen Rice, Cedric Richmond, Linda Sánchez, Jan Schakowsky, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Adam Schiff, Albio Sires, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, Mike Thompson, Chris Van Hollen, Juan Vargas, Filemon Vela, Marc Veasey, Nydia Velázquez, Maxine Waters, Tim Walz, Peter Welch, Frederica Wilson

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in requesting full funding of the President’s budget request of $20.9 billion for the Tenant-Based “Section 8” Rental Assistance program in the FY 2017 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.

Section 8 helps 2.2 million low-income families afford modest housing in the private rental market.  Assisted households have incomes of just $13,800, on average, well below the federal poverty line, and nearly all of them include the elderly, people with disabilities, or children.  Rigorous research shows that housing vouchers reduce poverty, homelessness, and other hardships, and can provide a platform for low-income children to improve their lives over the long term.

Due to funding limitations, only about one in four eligible low-income families receives federal rental assistance, and there are long waiting lists for assistance in nearly every community.  At the same time, nearly 100,000 vouchers were lost due to sequestration cuts, and only half of these vouchers had been restored as of December. At a time when growing numbers of families struggle to afford housing and make ends meet, we must continue our commitment to the Section 8 program.

The President’s FY16 budget requests $20.9 billion, including:

  • $18.4 billion to renew vouchers that families currently use;
  • $88 million for 10,000 new housing vouchers for homeless families with children; and
  • $2.08 billion to ensure state and local housing agencies have the staff and resources they need to effectively administer the program.

If you have any questions, or you would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Melissa Connolly in my office at melissa.connolly@mail.house.gov or at ext. 5-5635.

Sincerely,

Jerrold Nadler

Member of Congress

 

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The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart                              The Honorable David Price

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Transportation and                         Subcommittee on Transportation and

Housing and Urban Development                               Housing and Urban Development

Committee on Appropriations                                     Committee on Appropriations

Washington, DC 20515                                               Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking Member:

We respectfully ask that the Committee fully fund the President’s request of $20.9 billion for the Tenant-Based “Section 8” Rental Assistance program in the FY 2017 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) helps 2.2 million low-income households rent modest homes in the private market at an affordable cost. On average, households receiving assistance have incomes of $13,800, well below the federal poverty line, and nearly all include children, seniors, or people with disabilities. Research consistently demonstrates that the TBRA program is effective in reducing poverty, housing instability and homelessness, and in helping families — particularly minority families — to live in communities that are safer and healthier.  Despite this success, only one in four eligible low-income families receives federal rental assistance, and there are long waiting lists for vouchers in nearly every community, even as the number of families struggling to afford housing has surged over the past decade.

The President’s budget includes $18.4 billion to renew all vouchers that families currently use, as well as $88 million to provide an additional 10,000 vouchers for homeless families with children.  The rigorous Family Options Study released last year found that housing vouchers reduce family homelessness more effectively than any other intervention; as a result, children in homeless families receiving vouchers were also less likely to miss school days or to be placed into foster care.  The request builds on this research — as well as the critical role that housing vouchers have played in reducing veterans’ homelessness by 36 percent since 2010 — with an eye towards meeting the goal of ending homelessness among families with children by 2020, as set out in the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ strategic plan. 

We also request that the Committee meet the President’s request for $2.08 billion for program administration, which is essential for state and local housing agencies to administer the program effectively, ensure that assisted housing units meet federal quality standards, and verify resident incomes and guard against improper assistance payments.

We strongly urge the Committee to meet the President’s request of $20.9 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, including $18.4 billion to renew vouchers for current families, $88 million for 10,000 vouchers for homeless families, and $2.08 billion for state and local housing agency administrative expenses.

We appreciate the bipartisan efforts of the Committee to prioritize TBRA renewals, support agencies’ efforts to restore vouchers during recent budget cycles, and fund additional vouchers to address homelessness.  We thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,