Recently the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) updated a report that estimated many low-income Connecticut households could lose their housing vouchers if the Senate and Congress fail to increase funding. The report estimated that Connecticut could lose funding for 434 current vouchers under the Senate’s Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) bill. The state would lose funding for 1,774 under Congress’ Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) bill.
The Senate and House appropriations committees underestimated the cost of renewing these vouchers, which ballooned with the increased cost of rent and stagnant wages. Households with vouchers pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities. The vouchers cover the gap between the household’s contribution and the actual rent.
Nationally, the report estimates the nationwide more than 25,000 vouchers would be lost with the Senate bill and 100,000 with the House’s bill. About half of the households that receive these vouchers are comprised of seniors or people with disabilities who are unable to work.
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