CBPP reminds us that despite the media’s focus on the military cuts portion, there are a lot of other pointless cuts in the Republicans’ sequester. There is no reason to make any cuts like this. Congress needs to get rid of the sequester and replace it with nothing:
Our own analysis confirms that the cuts would have serious consequences on critical housing supports in every state.
- Nationwide, more than 100,000 families could lose the Housing Choice Voucher assistance they need to rent decent housing at an affordable cost, placing many at risk of homelessness. About half of these households are elderly or have disabilities, and most of the rest include children, according to program data.
- Local communities would lose nearly $100 million in homeless assistance grants. As a result, HUD estimates that 100,000 fewer people who have lost their homes will receive temporary or permanent housing assistance through its homeless assistance grants program, lengthening the time they will remain homeless.
- Public housing, which provides affordable housing for 1.1 million households, most of which include seniors and people with disabilities with extremely low incomes, would lose $300 million. This would force agencies to delay maintenance and repairs, causing living conditions in public housing to deteriorate and accelerating the loss of developments. A lack of resources needed to maintain public housing already leads to a loss of about 10,000 units every year.