Panel Witnesses Slam Bush Section 8 Plan

Vadum, Matthew
June 2003
Bond Buyer;6/18/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31659, p5
Trade Publication
This article focuses on a proposal made by the United States government to convert the Section 8 rental-housing assistance voucher program into a state-run block grant program called Housing Assistance for Needy Families, which was criticized by witnesses at a congressional hearing held on June 17, 2003. Henry Marraffa, who testified on behalf of the National League of Cities said that converting the program to a state block grant program would lead to reduced funding levels over time. The government argues that allowing states to run the proposed program will better assist low-income households in locating affordable housing, because states could tailor programs to needs of particular communities and thus eliminate waste.


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