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Jerrold Nadler

From the office of:

Jerrold Nadler

Sending Office: Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Sent By:
Melissa.Connolly@mail.house.gov

Support Section 8 Housing Program!

Deadline: March 13 COB

FY19 Signers (119): Jerrold Nadler, Alma S. Adams, PhD, Nanette Barragán Diaz, Joyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Anthony G. Brown, Cheri Bustos, Salud O. Carbajal,
Tony Cárdenas, André Carson, Joaquin Castro, Judy Chu, David N. Cicilline, Wm. Lacy Clay, Steve Cohen, Joe Courtney, Angie Craig, Elijah E. Cummings, Danny K. Davis, Susan A. Davis, Peter A. DeFazio, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Mark DeSaulnier, Suzan K. DelBene,
Antonio Delgado, Debbie Dingell, Eliot L. Engel, Anna G. Eshoo, Adriano Espaillat, Dwight Evans, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Sylvia R. Garcia, Vincente Gonzalez, Al Green, Raúl M. Grijalva, Alcee L. Hastings, Denny Heck, Brian Higgins, Katie Hill, Jim Himes,
Steven Horsford, Pramila Jayapal, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, William R. Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Ro Khanna, Daniel T. Kildee, Ann M. Kuster, James R. Langevin, Rick Larsen, John B. Larson, Al Lawson, Jr., Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee,
John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Stephen F. Lynch, Sean Patrick Maloney, Carolyn B. Maloney, Doris Matsui, Ben McAdams, A. Donald McEachin, James P. McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Gregory W. Meeks, Stephanie Murphy, Joe Neguse, Donald Norcross, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ilhan
Omar, Frank Pallone, Jr., Jimmy Panetta, Chris Pappas, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Donald M. Payne Jr., Ed Perlmutter, Scott H. Peters, Chellie Pingree, Stacey E. Plaskett, Ayanna Pressley, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, Cedric L. Richmond, Lisa Blunt Rochester,
Harley Rouda, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Bobby L. Rush, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Linda T. Sánchez, Jan Schakowsky, Adam B. Schiff, David Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Terri Sewell, Donna E. Shalala, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Darren Soto, Jackie Speier,
Thomas R. Suozzi, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano,  Mike Thompson, Dina Titus, Rashida Tlaib, Lori Trahan, David Trone, Juan Vargas, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Nydia M. Velázquez, Maxine Waters, Peter Welch, Jennifer Wexton

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in requesting a total of $25.9 billion for the Tenant-Based “Section 8” Rental Assistance program, including $22.7 billion to renew all current vouchers, in the FY 2021 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill. That funding level will ensure
that every single voucher currently in circulation will be renewed for FY 2021, funds additional vouchers for veterans, families with children, foster youth, and other communities, and fully funds the PHA Administrative Fees.

Specifically, this letter requests:

  • $22.7 billion to renew 2.3 million vouchers that low-income families, veterans, seniors, and others are currently using to afford modest, stables homes;
  • $310 million to fully renew 30,000 “mainstream” vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities;
  • $180 million for approximately 17,000 new housing vouchers for homeless veterans, foster youth and at-risk families, and families with children who are either homeless or living in communities with high concentrations of poverty; and
  • $2.55 billion for PHA Administrative Fees, a long overdue $573 million increase to fully fund the fee eligibility under current HUD formula.

If you have any questions, or you would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Shalini Avasarala at
shalini.avasarala@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Jerrold Nadler                        

Member of Congress

 

 

The Honorable David Price                                        The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart

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

2108 Rayburn House Office Building                        440 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

We respectfully request the Committee increase funding for the Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), also known as Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, in the FY2021 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill. Specifically, we request that
the Committee provide at least $25.9 billion, a $2 billion increase over FY2020, to renew all vouchers currently in use, expand targeted pools of vouchers, and increase operating funds at public housing authorities (PHAs) across the country.

Recent studies have demonstrated that rental assistance is critical to reducing homelessness, improving outcomes for children and families, and lifting people out of poverty. In 2018, rental assistance – including HCV – lifted 3 million people out of poverty,
including 665,000 seniors and nearly 1 million children. Over the past decade, Congress’ investment in housing vouchers has reduced veterans’ homelessness by more than 50 percent and helped tens of thousands more people with disabilities live independently
in their communities. For families with children, research has found that vouchers reduce homelessness by 75 percent and reduced housing instability by 80 percent, which has a direct result on children’s behavioral health and overall well-being.

Housing vouchers work, but three out of four low-income renters at-risk of homelessness do not receive assistance because of limited funds. More than 23 million people in this country pay more than half of their income in housing costs, well above the 30
percent of income the federal government considers affordable. Rents are rising far faster than income, and when families and seniors face a choice between paying their rent and paying for other necessities, they are far more likely to forgo food and medicine
to avoid getting evicted or becoming homeless. It is imperative that Congress expand HCV funding to help more families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities live in stable, affordable homes. As part of that expansion, Congress must provide more
adequate PHA Administrative fees to ensure PHAs efficiently administer the program.

With this in mind, and recognizing the constraints of current budget caps, we ask that the Committee provide at least $25.9 billion for housing vouchers, including: 

  • $22.7 billion to renew 2.3 million vouchers that low-income families, veterans, seniors, and others are currently using to afford modest, stables homes;
  • $310 million to fully renew 30,000 “mainstream” vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities;
  • $180 million for approximately 17,000 new housing vouchers for homeless veterans, foster youth and at-risk families, and families with children who are either homeless or living in communities with high concentrations of poverty; and
  • $2.55 billion for PHA Administrative Fees, a long overdue $573 million increase to fully fund the fee eligibility under current HUD formula.

This proposal will take critical steps towards our shared goal of reducing poverty, ending homelessness, and ensuring that every family has access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.  

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liana Fox, “The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2018,” Current Population Reports, October 2019,

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2019/demo/p60-268.pdf
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Anne Bailey. “Housing Vouchers Work: Vouchers the Best Tool to End Homelessness.”April 6, 2017.
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/housing-vouchers-work-vouchers-the-best-tool-to-end-homelessness
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Meghan Henry, Rian Watt, et al. “The 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.”
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2019-AHAR-Part-1.pdf

Michelle Wood, Jennifer Turnham, and Gregory Mills. “Housing Affordability and Family-Well Being: Results from the Housing Voucher Evaluation.” Housing Policy Debate, 2008

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities “Three out of Four Low-Income At-Risk Renters Do Not Receive Federal Rental Assistance” August 2017

https://www.cbpp.org/three-out-of-four-low-income-at-risk-renters-do-not-receive-federal-rental-assistance

Alicia Mazzara. “Federal Rental Assistance Helps Families, Seniors, People with Disabilities in Every State.”
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/federal-rental-assistance-helps-families-seniors-people-with-disabilities-in-every-state
 

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