FULL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND SECTION 8 PROGRAMS
WHEREAS, the public housing and Section 8 programs provide shelter to over 3.2 million low income Americans across the country, including families with children, elderly and disabled;and
WHEREAS, over 3, 200 local public housing authorities own and operate public housing units that provide stable living environments and services for needy residents; and
WHEREAS, HUD's proposed budget for fiscal year 2009 would result in a total funding shortfall in the public housing program of over $2 billion, a $700 million reduction in the Public Housing Capital Fund Program, a shortfall in the Public Housing Operating Fund of approximately $500 million, and the elimination of one month of reserve funds for the Section 8 tenant-based program totaling approximately $640 million; and
WHEREAS, the proposed $415 million reduction in the Public Housing Capital Fund will cause further costly delays in addressing the $22 billion of needed repairs to public housing properties and reduce the number of available units in the face of a national affordable housing crisis; and
WHEREAS, HUD's fiscal year 2009 request for the Public Housing Operating Fund falls approximately $1 billion short of meeting the operating needs of agencies; and
WHEREAS, HUD's proposed fiscal year 2009 budget for the project-based Section 8 program is $2.4 billion short and Congress can no longer rely on recaptures and rescissions of large amounts of Section 8 funds to finance HUD funding needs (nearly $2 billion in Section 8 funds were rescinded in FY08),
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes the proposed HUD fiscal year 2009 budget for the public housing and Section 8 programs and calls upon Congress to appropriate funds to ensure the preservation of this valuable housing resource as follows: $3.5 billion for Public Housing Capital Fund; $5.3 billion for Public Housing Operating Fund;$575 million for HOPE VI Program; and full funding for the Section 8 Program.