Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 070334
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File Number: 070334 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: SECTION 8 HOUSING Introduced: 2/1/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 2/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 14A2
Notes: SEE 070482 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO VOTE AGAINST ANY LEGISLATION THAT REDUCES FUNDING FOR THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (''SECTION 8''); AND FURTHER URGING CONGRESS TO ENACT APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES FUNDING TO THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  SECTION 8
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, 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 2/6/2007 14A2 Amended
REPORT: See Agenda Item 14A2 Amended; Legislative File No. 070482.

County Manager 2/5/2007 Additions 2/6/2007

County Attorney 2/1/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007

County Attorney 2/1/2007 Referred Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 2/14/2007

County Attorney 2/1/2007 Assigned Terrence A. Smith

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO VOTE AGAINST ANY LEGISLATION THAT REDUCES FUNDING FOR THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (“SECTION 8”); AND FURTHER URGING CONGRESS TO ENACT APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES FUNDING TO THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 31, 2007, the United State House of Representatives voted in support of a bill that, if enacted, will cut Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (“Section 8”)funding to housing authorities located within the State of Florida by approximately $28 million; and
WHEREAS, Section 8 program funding to Miami-Dade County, which is one of the largest public housing authorities in the State of Florida, would be cut by $9.7 million; and
WHEREAS, affordable housing has reached a crisis in our community and communities around the nation; and
WHEREAS, the Section 8 is the leading source of federal housing assistance for extremely low-income families; and
WHEREAS, two-thirds of Section 8 housing vouchers issued in any year go to families with children, with the remainder predominantly going to people with disabilities and the elderly; and
WHEREAS, nearly one million families with children are currently served by the voucher program, almost twice the number of families with children in the public housing program; and
WHEREAS, Section 8 provides one way to help low and moderate income individuals and families obtain adequate housing; and
WHEREAS, the proposed cuts will have a significant negative impact upon these individuals and families and will attribute further to the affordable housing crisis in Miami-Dade County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the United States Congress to vote against any legislation that reduces funding to the Section 8 program;
Section 2. Urges the United States Congress to enact legislation that increases funding to the Section 8 program in order to help alleviate the affordable housing crisis that Miami-Dade County and other communities around the nation currently are facing.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Miami-Dade County Congressional Delegation.
Section 4. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Sections 1 and 2 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2007 Federal Legislative Package.



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