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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

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.

More on Section 8 Housing Voucher Reform

July 29, 2013 Press Release
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and the U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan will host a meeting with the mayors and city council members from the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance, and key stakeholders for a discussion about the ongoing impact of sequestration on local communities. The discussion will focus on the effect of sequestration on homelessness prevention programs, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), and the closure of multifamily HUD offices.
July 29, 2013 In The News
Leaders of six L.A. County cities will meet on Monday with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) to discuss the effects of cuts in federal housing funds.

The cuts were brought on by the so-called "sequester": automatic reductions in federal spending that began in March as a result of Congress' inability to agree on long-term budget cuts.

October 15, 2012 In The News
Maxine Waters and big banks are rarely on the same page.
 
But as the California congresswoman prepares to become the top Democrat on the House Financial Services panel, she is engaging in an aggressive outreach effort with some of the very institutions that she has heavily criticized for their role in the financial crisis and recent home foreclosure scandals.
 
From organizing industry roundtables to one-on-one meetings with Wells Fargo's CEO to holding fundraisers targeting banking donors, Waters is opening the door to big banks and Wall Street.
 
March 22, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and a top congressional advocate for affordable housing, reintroduced H.R. 1209, The Section 8 Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA), late last week. The bill would reform the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental housing assistance to 2 million low-income American families.

 

August 3, 2009 Press Release
Financial Services Committee Approves Section Eight Housing Voucher Reform
July 27, 2009 Press Release
FSC passes Sec 8 Voucher Reform Act (2007)
July 27, 2009 Press Release
07 Sec 8 Voucher Reform Passes House
July 27, 2009 Press Release
Hearing on Sec 8 Vouch Reform
July 27, 2009 Press Release
Housing Voucher Reform