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Out in the Cold: OR Housing Officials Call on Congress to Stave Off Cuts

November 12, 2007

Portland, OR – Another round of federal cuts to housing programs could hit thousands of Oregon's low-income families hard. State housing officials and housing advocates are calling on the Oregon Congressional delegation to prevent further funding reductions.

Steve Weiss with the Community Alliance of Tenants says proposed new cuts in Section 8 housing assistance threaten to collapse the housing safety net.

"These cuts mean that people could get major rent increases. The folks in those units, who had been getting the housing subsidy and only paying 30 percent of their income, would have to pay 70, 80, 90 or even 100 percent of their income."

Section 8 serves low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. About 30,000 Oregonians and their families depend on the federally subsidized rent program. Weiss says more cuts could mean a huge decrease in the amount of affordable housing in Oregon.

"Oregon receives approximately $51 million annually in these subsidies. Cutting the subsidy payments by an estimated 30 percent or more would dramatically reduce that amount."

Federal funds for Oregon housing programs have been cut every year for the past seven years.

Dondrea Warner/John Robinson, Public News Service - OR