By: *Andrew Patrick
Blog Topic: Housing/Entitlement Programs
The sequestration the affect on Federal Housing Assistance Programs
Congress’ recent sequestration imposes mandatory cuts in funding to many different government agencies. This process, which began on March 1st, was put in place as an effort to reduce the United States growing debt. The mandatory cuts mandated by Congress will significantly impact many government entitlement programs that are targeted to assist low-income individuals.
Federal housing assistance programs are among those that will feel the effect of these budget reductions. Some of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development programs that are affected include: Section 8 Rental Assistance, Emergency Shelter Programs, and Public Housing Shelter. The federal government reported, prior to these cuts being put in place, that 8.4 million low income households pay more than half of their income on rent.
Shelter is one of the basic needs of human life and it is estimated that over 125,000 families and individuals will lose their housing as a result of the budget cuts to housing assistance programs. Many low-income families and individuals that depend on this assistance from the government face the risk of homelessness. These budget cuts will certainly have an adverse affect on those families and individuals who have already been able to obtain housing through these assistance programs.
*Andrew Patrick is a staff member on the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race. To learn more about Andrew, click here to view his page.