Tuesday, September 22, 2009

“SEVRA” Housing Voucher Reform Bill Would Update and Streamline Program — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

By Will Fischer

The Section 8 Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA), which the House Financial Services Committee approved in July and the full House will likely consider this fall, contains a series of important, carefully crafted measures to strengthen the housing voucher program. Most significantly, it would help and encourage state and local housing agencies to assist more needy families within the available funds, an important improvement at a time of rising poverty and homelessness. In addition, the bill would reduce administrative burdens for housing agencies and private owners, strengthen work supports, and provide more flexible and effective assistance to low-income families.

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