2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORTING SECTION 8 FUNDING

†††† WHEREAS, Section 8 voucher assistance is critical to ensuring affordable housing currently for approximately 2 million families, elderly and disabled households in our cities nationwide; and

†††† WHEREAS, mayors and their residents who receive Section 8 vouchers are facing a serious crisis as a result of a policy guidance by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) based on Congressional law; and

†††† WHEREAS, Congress allocated an additional $1 billion dollars in the FY 2004 budget with the intent to fund every Section 8 voucher allocated throughout the country; and

†††† WHEREAS, contrary to this congressional action, HUD plans to implement a renewal funding formula in FY 2004 for Section 8 vouchers based on costs incurred by the program as of August 2003 (adjusted for inflation), rather than actual cost data, which outpaces HUDís adjustment factor; and

†††† WHEREAS, jurisdictions across the country will be forced to make an immediate decision to cancel existing Section 8 voucher contracts, reduce the federal subsidy and/or require the most needy citizens to pay higher rents in excess of 30% of their monthly income; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Presidentís proposed budget for FY 2005 contains a Flexible Voucher Program which proposes to block grant Section 8 voucher funding to local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs); and

†††† WHEREAS, the Flexible Voucher program does not provide adequate funding levels to fully fund every Section 8 voucher currently allocated; and

†††† WHEREAS, approximately 250,000 Section 8 vouchers would be eliminated across the country based on the FY 2005 proposed funding requests, resulting in unforeseen housing and financial hardships by the most needy of our low-income population and working poor,

†††† WHEREAS, in addition to eliminating existing families from the Section 8 voucher program, the far-reaching effects of the Flexible Voucher proposal could result in (1) higher rent payments by those citizens who can least afford an increase, (2) private landlords less willing to participate in the program if subsidies are eliminated or unreliable, which would severely reduce the already limited housing choices for low-income households that have been available over the past few years, and (3) fewer vouchers available for families, elderly and disabled households who have been waiting for years to receive a Section 8 voucher; and

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges HUD to reconsider its FY 2004 renewal funding formula and fully fund every Section 8 voucher currently in use across the country; and urges Congress to continue to fully fund in FY 2005 every Section 8 voucher currently allocated.