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File Number: 040535
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File Number: 040535 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-415-04 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGE PRESIDENT TO REFRAIN FROM REDUCING SEC 8 HOUSING Introduced: 2/20/2004
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/13/2004
Agenda Date: 4/13/2004 Agenda Item Number: 7G2A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO REFRAIN FROM REDUCING OR CUTTING THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM; URGING THE PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO SUPPORT FULL FUNDING OF THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
Indexes: HOUSING
  SECTION 8
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Jimmy L. Morales, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/13/2004 7G2A Adopted P

Economic Development and Human Services Committee 3/10/2004 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Manager Tony Crapp read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Sosa provided a brief report on the intent of the foregoing resolution. Chairperson Rolle and Commissioners Barreiro, Morales, Sorenson and Seijas requested to be listed as co-sponsors of the foregoing resolution. There being no other discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing resolution.

County Attorney 2/20/2004 Assigned Economic Development and Human Services Committee 3/10/2004

County Attorney 2/20/2004 Assigned Terrence A. Smith

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO REFRAIN FROM REDUCING OR CUTTING THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM; URGING THE PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO SUPPORT FULL FUNDING OF THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

BODY
WHEREAS, the President’s proposed new budget would cut funding for “Section 8” housing voucher program (“Program”) in 2005 by more than $1 billion below the 2004 level and would cut the Program further in subsequent years; and
WHEREAS, the budget also would make radical changes in the Program’s structure, including but not limited to replacing the voucher program with a block grant to local housing agencies (labeled the “Flexible Voucher Program”); and in doing would repeal basic protections for low-income families, and elderly and disabled individuals; and
WHEREAS, the block-grant proposal would also leave the Program vulnerable to substantial further funding erosion over time; and
WHEREAS, these cuts are deeper, and the policy changes more sweeping and threatening to the low-income families and elderly and disabled individuals whom the program serves, than any proposal advanced by any prior Administration during the voucher program’s 30-year history; and
WHEREAS, the Program is the nation’s principal low-income housing assistance program and currently assists two million low-income households, most of them low-income working families, elderly people, or people with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, the Program enables these households to afford decent, safe and sanitary rental units in the private housing market; and
WHEREAS, the budget proposal to cut and radically alter the program would almost certainly have harsh consequences for many of these families; and
WHEREAS, in order to operate the Program within the shrunken funding level resulting from the President’s present budget, local housing agencies, including Miami-Dade Housing Agency (“MDHA”), will be forced to choose among several unappealing options, all of which would be injurious to low-income, elderly and disabled families; and
WHEREAS, these options may include reducing the number of families that are assisted, cutting costs by shifting the rental burden to low-income families, and the elderly and disabled, and/or cutting costs by shifting housing assistance to higher-income families; and
WHEREAS, families with incomes below this level that secure no help with rental costs are much more likely than families at higher income levels to pay exorbitant shares of their limited incomes for housing, to live in overcrowded or substandard housing, or to reside in blighted areas with poor schools and fewer job opportunities; which the Program was designed to overcome; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida presently has an allocation of approximately 87,000 Housing Choice Vouchers; and
WHEREAS, if the President’s budget is approved it is estimated that by Year 2005 approximately 10,540 families in the State of Florida will not receive assistance; and
WHEREAS, further estimates show that by the Year 2009 the total number in the reduction of families who will not be assisted will be approximately 33,740; and
WHEREAS, many of the families impacted by this reduction reside in Miami-Dade County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The President and the United States Congress are urged to refrain from drastically reducing or cutting the Program.
Section 2. The President and the United States Congress are urged to support full funding for the Section 8 'Housing Choice' Voucher program in 2004.
Section 3. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the President, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate and the Chair of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation.



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