Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CMs Join Legal Aid Society In Call for Immediate Solution For Cancelled Section 8 Vouchers

For Planning for February 9, 2010

Contacts: Anna Deknatel, (646) 200-5311, Amyre Loomis, (718) 260-9191


Electeds, Advocates & Impacted Families to Demand NYCHA & City Find Housing for Low-Income & Formerly Homeless Families

Six weeks after New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) abruptly rescinded Section 8 vouchers for 2,600 New Yorkers, elected officials, local legal agencies, and housing advocates will join together to call on NYCHA to provide solutions for the impacted low income and formerly homeless families.

In December, NYCHA announced they would issue no new Section 8 vouchers this year, including for emergency applicants. The announcement left nearly 3,000 families and individuals without alternate housing— and, in many cases, facing homelessness.

Never in the 35 year history of the Section 8 voucher program has there been a mass termination of Section 8 vouchers.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as the Section 8 voucher program, is the largest rental subsidy program in the country. The program, created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by local housing authorities.

WHEN: Rally at Noon
Oversight Hearing on the recent loss of Section 8 vouchers at 10am
Tuesday, February 9th

WHERE: Steps of City Hall

WHO: Council Member Rosie Mendez, chair of Committee on Public Housing

Council Member Annabel Palma, chair of Committee on General Welfare
Council Members including Margaret Chin, Danny Dromm, Letitia James, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Ydanis Rodriguez, James Van Bramer

Legal & Housing Advocates: Legal Aid Society, Legal Services-NYC, Coalition for the Homeless

Impacted Low Income & Formerly Homeless New York City Families Denied Section 8 Vouchers


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