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A Thousand Families Could Be Impacted By HHA Not Issuing Housing Vouchers

The Houston Housing Authority has a lower budget due to cuts in federal funding.

New Hope Housing is one of the organizations which manages apartment complexes, such as the one shown in this rendering, that accept vouchers issued by the Houston Housing Authority (HHA).
New Hope Housing is one of the organizations which manages apartment complexes, such as the one shown in this rendering, that accept vouchers issued by the Houston Housing Authority (HHA).

The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) will not be able to provide housing vouchers for the rest of 2017 because of cuts in federal funding.

Thanks to vouchers, Houston low-income families that qualify don’t spend more than 30 percent of their income for housing purposes because the HHA covers the rest.

The agency estimates approximately 1,000 families could be impacted.

“The voucher program is the major answer to the question of what am I going to do when I can’t afford my housing if I’m a low-income family,” said Mark Thiele, vice president of Housing Choice Voucher Programs at the HHA.

The City of Houston is looking for other funding sources, but Tom McCasland, who is director of Housing and Community Development Department, acknowledges they have a problem.

“At the end of the day, this is a huge blow to the city and we do not have the funding to be able to replace the number of vouchers,” McCasland said.

The HHA says those who will not receive vouchers this year will remain on its waiting list and would be the first to be selected when the agency can issue the subsidies again.

The program that provides subsidized housing for veterans, commonly known by the acronym VASH, isn’t impacted by the funding shortfall.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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