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Section 8 is important for many people with whom we work and I wanted to make sure you are kept in the loop. The attached document is the same information in the text of this email but in a prettier format.  
If you want more detailed information you can go to http://www.nlihc.org or email Brian Smith at [log in to unmask]
Thanks,
Laura

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Smith 
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 9:17 AM
To: Adult MH Standing Committee; ALL DDMHS/VSH Staff; CRT Business
Managers; CRT Directors; DA Executive Directors; [log in to unmask]
Subject: FW: SECTION 8 PROTEST -- MAY 26 -- BURLINGTON


For your information........... and an update on Vermont's response to
The recent HUD proposed changes in funding for Section 8. 
The Montpelier Housing Authority has closed its waiting list. 
The Vermont State Housing Authority is planing on doing the
same.......... In fact VSHA has not issued a Section 8 since October of
2003!   
Stay tuned 
 
Brian Smith

 

The Section 8 Program

is Under Attack!

 

The Section 8 Housing Voucher Program provides safe, affordable,
integrated housing to more than two million American families. These
vouchers are the main lifeline for 6,100 of Vermont's lowest income
families.

DEMONSTRATION

HOUSING JUSTICE MEMORIAL DAY

Noon to 1:00 PM
May 26th, 2004

Burlington HUD Office
(corner of Bank and Church Streets)

If HUD's FY 2005 budget plan becomes reality:

q       The number of Section 8 vouchers serving the very lowest income
citizens would be cut - up to 740 Vermont families could lose assistance
next year!

q       Rents would increase for those who get to keep their Section 8
vouchers - Vermont families could pay an average of $58 per month more!

q       For the first time in the program's thirty-year history, HUD
would abandon its commitment to fund all families currently receiving
assistance!

q       Vermont could lose up to $4.3 million in 2005 alone.  The state
cannot make up the difference from its already strapped budget.

In addition, a recent HUD ruling is already forcing housing authorities
all over the country to terminate Section 8 families in the current
fiscal year.  While Vermont housing authorities will not lose large
numbers of vouchers this fiscal year, they will lose significant admin
funding, crippling their ability to run the program.

DEMAND THAT HUD END ITS ATTACK AGAINST SECTION 8!
Show Your Support for Affordable, Fair Housing!
Join in a national day of action!


* For more info, contact the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
([log in to unmask]), 
or the Vermont Center for Independent Living ([log in to unmask]) *

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Laura Flint
NH-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
(802) 241-3966
(802) 241-3052 (fax)
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Mailing Address:
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