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Report Estimates Sequestration’s Impact on HUD Programs

 

Sequestration would impact over 2 million people who are dependent on HUD programs according to The Campaign for Housing and Community Developing Funding (CHCDF), a coalition of national housing and community development organizations convened by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). CHCDF  took an independent look at how the sequestration would affect HUD programs finding that sequestration cuts to HUD programs would result in lost new affordable housing opportunities, lost housing for those currently reliant on HUD programs, increase in homelessness, and decrease in fair housing for families.

CHCDF estimates that:

  • More than 185,000 households would lose their tenant-based rental assistance vouchers.
  • 92,400 households would lose their project-based rental assistance housing.
  • 145,900 people would remain homeless due to lack of funding for Homeless Assistance Grants.
  • More than 140,000 households that currently include an elderly person or a person with a disability would receive lower levels of supportive services if their units are funding by Section 202 Housing for the Elderly or Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities.
  • 4,531 households would not receive rental or ownership housing through HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
  • 250 households that include a person with a disability would not be housed through the Section 811 program.
  • Almost 500 households would not receive new or rehabilitated housing through the Native American housing Block Grants and the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grants.
  • Cuts to Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity will prevent over 1,000 fair housing complaints from being addressed.
  • Cuts to the Healthy Homes and Lead Hazards program would leave over 1,000 households with children exposed to dangerous living conditions.
  • Over 33,000 households would not receive housing counseling through either Housing Counseling Assistance or through the Community Development Block Grant.
  • Cuts to CDBG would negatively impact over 1 million people.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has just released an updated estimate of how much money would be cut due to sequestration in 2013, revising the amount from $98 billion to $94 billion.

The CHCDF analysis of sequestration’s impacts is available here.
The CBO report is available here.

 

 
 

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