Rep. Clarke Votes For Affordable Housing
The Section 8 Voucher Reform Act (H.R. 1851) passed last night in the House of Representatives, by a vote of 333-83.
“My vote in support for the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2007 was significant for the people of the 11th Congressional District. This bill simplifies the Section 8 vouchers, but more importantly it protects low-income families, especially the poorest families, being assisted under these federal rental housing programs. There was an urgent need for this legislation when in 2004, 150,000 vouchers were lost due to a major funding formula change.
More importantly, the voucher program under H.R. 1851, will permit a Public Housing Authority and an owner to reach an agreement under which a landlord agrees to attach a tenant-based voucher to a certain number of units within a rental development.
This program is very essential to my district where Public Housing Authorities are located in tight rental markets and increasing rents.”
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