imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news



CopWatch LA


A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network: africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Policy makers leave HUD's housing programs at risk

by Lynda Carson Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM

More than 900 organizations nationwide have spoken out against the massive spending cuts scheduled to take place. In a call to action, activists continue to urge low-income families in the federally subsidized housing programs to immediately contact their representatives, and to urge the Obama administration and Congress to stop the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1, that could result in the eviction of 250,000 voucher holders in HUD housing programs!

Policy makers leave HUD's housing programs at risk

By Lynda Carson -- January 24, 2013

Oakland -- The Oakland Housing Authority administers around 13,259 Section 8 voucher units in Oakland, owns and operates around 3,300 conventional public housing units, and assists around 10% of Oakland's low-income families with their housing needs.

Additionally, San Francisco has around 8,611 section 8 units. Berkeley has around 1,939 section 8 units. The Housing Authority of Alameda County administers around 6,097 section 8 units. Richmond has around 1,750 section 8 units. Marin County has around 2,145 section 8 units, and Contra Costa County Housing Aurhority administers around 6,763 section 8 units.

Low-income tenants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program pay 30 to 40 percent of their monthly income for rent, and the rest of the rent is paid to the landlord through the voucher from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

In what appears to be a very grim situation for low-income renters across the nation, it appears that massive spending cuts to the nation's federal housing programs that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2013, continue to threaten thousands of low-income families in Oakland and other Bay Area cities with higher rent increases. Additionally, the huge spending cuts may result in the loss of housing vouchers for several hundred thousand or more low-income families all across the nation.

On Wednesday January 23, the Washington Post reported that top leaders in both major political parties predicted that massive across-the-board spending cuts to the nation's domestic programs and the pentagon known as "sequestration" will go into effect on March 1, as scheduled. At least temporarily, according to the report.

According to the article, "It's going to happen," said Sen. Richard Durbin (D) of Illinois, saying that Republicans in both chambers are determined to allow $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to occur during the next decade.

The latest deals in Washington that were agreed upon by the Democrats and Republicans since late December to avoid a fight over the nation's debt ceiling and to avoid going over the so-called "fiscal cliff" resulted in more than 80% of the Bush era tax cuts permanently remaining in effect, and leaves around $110 billion in automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1. Additional spending cuts of around $110 billion per year are also scheduled to go into effect during the next ten years.

The catastrophic spending cuts scheduled to occur on March 1, threaten many of the nation's domestic anti-poverty programs including the nation's federal housing programs, pitting the needs of the elderly, disabled and the poor against the needs of the over bloated pentagon/military budgets, and their wealthy contractors.

As a direct result of the latest so-called fiscal cliff deal, the spending cuts to the nation's housing programs that are to go into effect threaten at least 250,000 voucher holders across the nation with eviction, if the spending cuts go into effect on March 1, as scheduled.

Additionally, the spending cuts also threaten tens of thousands of low-income renters that reside in so-called affordable housing developments, owned and operated by local nonprofit housing developers in the Bay Area, and across the nation.

The scheduled catastrophic spending cuts threaten the nation's federal housing programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including $1.53 billion in spending cuts from HUD’s Section 8 tenant-based rental assistance (Housing Choice Voucher Program), $772 million in Section 8 project-based rental assistance, $325 million from the public housing operating fund, including an additional cut of $154 million from public housing capital funds, $31 million from elderly senior housing, $14 million from housing for people with disabilities, $27 million from housing for people with AIDS, plus $74 million from the USDA's Rural Housing program, and $156 million from homeless assistance grants.

The spending cuts will also affect local housing programs in the cities of Berkeley, San Francisco, Alameda, Richmond, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, and throughout California.

The City of Los Angeles faces a massive $48 million spending cut to their Section 8 housing voucher program. According to the LA Times, in a report submitted to Mayor Antonio Villarigosa on January 3, City Administrative Officer of Los Angeles, Miguel Santana, stated that an estimated 15,000 families that rely on housing vouchers would on average see their rent expenses increase by $116 per month if Congress fails to block the automatic across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for March 1.

Additionally, the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County seeks HUD approval to terminate rental assistance for 1,800 families if the spending cuts take place, or to raise the rents on around 21,132 households.

In Sacramento, according to the web site for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, if the spending cuts take effect they will have to take back around 950 vouchers from households in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

More than 900 organizations nationwide have spoken out against the massive spending cuts scheduled to take place. In a call to action, activists continue to urge low-income families in the federally subsidized housing programs to immediately contact their representatives, and to urge the Obama administration and Congress to stop the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1, that could result in the eviction of 250,000 voucher holders in HUD housing programs.

Low-income families are being urged to demand that all of HUD's housing assistance programs must remain fully funded to cover the costs of the housing needs for everyone in those programs.

These massive cutbacks in the nation's housing programs may never be imposed if Congress and the Obama Administration stop the scheduled spending cuts. But if the cuts do occur, elderly, disabled and many poor low-income families will suffer great harm and will face homelessness as a direct result. The scheduled 8.2 percent spending cuts would damage anti-poverty programs, homeless programs, public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly called Section 8 vouchers).

In their own assessment of the dire situation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 250,000 voucher holders will lose their housing if sequestration (spending cuts) takes effect, resulting in nearly one million people losing their federal housing assistance and being placed at risk of homelessness.

Additionally, Rep. Dick Norman, Democrat from Washington state says, "Cuts to the Homeless Assistant Grant account would result in approximately 100,000 more people on the streets if the spending cuts goes into effect."

Because the spending cuts are still scheduled to go into effect, HUD has been notifying cities and Public Housing Authorities across the nation that they may face huge spending cuts to their housing assistance programs, if the scheduled spending cuts are not stopped by Congress and the Obama Administration before March 1.

As for those that are being affected by the spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1, according to the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), about 303,499 seniors rely on Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for affordable housing. Also, Section 8 housing is home to 458,124 households with one or more disabled family member. In addition, 59 percent of Section 8 households are families with children (more than 2,357,977 children in total), with an average annual family income of $11,049.

Lynda Carson may be reached at

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Local News

Public art project aspires to save California N18 3:42PM

Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist P F Sloan Died On Nov 16 N17 4:48PM

A Plea For Support From Will B N15 4:23PM

10 Shocking Realities of the TPP N09 4:47PM

KPFK needs your VOTE ! or lose it. O31 4:51PM


KPFK is losing and reducing it's main programmers, so can Fresh ones emerge there instead? O26 5:58PM

Fall 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! O26 7:58AM

A master-plan is needed to support renter protections in Northern California, & elsewhere O25 9:48PM

KPFK Updating: a coup? or failure? or.... O25 5:04PM

Kapparot Chicken Slaughter Causes Outrage: Activists Demand Change O06 1:59PM

Update on WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KPFK and what can be done & elections O05 12:39AM

A Letter (sent) to L.A. Slut Walk O03 12:51PM

Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley S28 3:52PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

fbi and police engage in unstoppable crimes N29 12:14PM

Eutonologie d'éthologie N29 8:08AM

MovieStarPlanet Generator VIP | Online Resources N29 6:03AM

MSP Hack VIP Generator Diamonds and Starcoins N28 5:36PM

MovieStarPlanet Hack Generator N28 5:33PM

Parangon d'une grande infestation N26 11:03PM

The Shortwave Report 11/27/15 Listen Globally! N26 3:56PM

An humble opinion N26 1:59PM

Activistas de los Derechos Humanos Unen Fuerzas en Honor al Derecho a la Democracia N25 3:13PM

VIDEO: What "Orwellian" Really Means N25 1:49PM

US Forces South Africa To Import Sick Birds N25 9:10AM

Presidential Candidates Criticize Pfizer Merger N25 8:19AM

Turkey's Downing of a Russian Fighter Jet Moves the Doomsday Clock Very Close to Midnight N25 5:46AM

NATO is harboring the Islamic State N25 4:43AM

Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence N25 1:23AM

Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization N25 1:18AM

Democracy Now, Military Times, Guardian Articles On Soldiers Refusing To Drop Drones etc N24 9:10AM

First Amendment Under Covert Attack N23 6:27PM

Insanity of the police/fbi community N23 1:35PM

No to Racism and War! N23 6:02AM

(A-Radio) Northern Europe 1: Musta Pispala festival in Finland N23 12:36AM

Paranoïa ou la vérité d'une société N22 11:54PM

Wicked fbi and their mischievous police friends N22 11:22AM

“None Dare Call It Conspiracy:” How U.S. Elites Made Islamist Militants the New Red Menace N21 5:05AM

Monsanto Patenting World's Seeds, Controlling World's Food, Causing Cancer, Killing Bees, N20 9:59AM

Indigenous Hispanic areas also Economic Rights US N20 8:14AM

Paraphysique de l'hybris pirocratie N19 11:44PM

The Shortwave Report 11/20/15 Listen Globally! N19 5:07PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy