Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Funding History

CLPHA White Paper (Nov. 2013):

Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Funding History

This paper provides a funding history of the Public Housing and HCV Programs. At a time when HUD has reported a dramatic rise in the number of very low-income families who pay more than half of their monthly income on rent, live in severely substandard housing, or both, proration levels for both the Public Housing and HCV Programs have increased. The paper illustrates that the current proration levels are woefully inadequate to operate and preserve the Public Housing and HCV Programs. Continuing to underfund these critically important rental assistance programs means increased homelessness due to lost vouchers and eliminated partnerships with local community agencies assisting the at-risk and homeless populations. Decreased and eliminated partnerships with schools systems will result, undermining the work housing authorities are currently doing to positively impact educational outcomes for low-income children. Resources to provide services for seniors and special populations will also decrease. Cost burdens to the federal government will increase as shrinking resources to proactively address the needs of low-income households puts pressure on emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and school systems.