Section 8 Housing Voucher Reform
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental housing assistance to 2 million low-income American families. As a result of the economic crisis and increases in foreclosures and homelessness, the Section 8 program is more important now than ever before.
I introduced the Section Eight Voucher Reform Act of 2009 (H.R. 3045) legislation to reform, improve and expand Section 8 so it can help meet the needs of American families facing economic challenges.
H.R. 3045 establishes a stable, fair and cost-effective funding system for the Section 8 program and ensures that no tenant is ever at risk of losing housing assistance due to unexpected budget shortfalls. It would also restore previous assistance levels by authorizing 150,000 new vouchers.
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