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skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

bush's section hate
with little fanfare, the bush administration is proposing to stop financing the construction of new housing for the mentally ill and physically handicapped as part of a 50 percent cut in its housing budget for people with disabilities.

the proposal, which has been overshadowed by the administration's plans to shrink its community development programs, affects what is known as the section 811 program. since 1998, section 811 has helped nonprofit developers produce more than 11,000 units of housing for low-income people with disabilities, including more than 700 in new york state.

until now, section 811 has provided equal amounts each year, roughly, for financing for new construction, and rent subsidies for disabled tenants. but under the 2006 budget proposal, the capital allocation would be eliminated and the overall budget would shrink by half, to $120 million from $238 million.

...the federal government would discontinue financing housing for people with spinal cord injuries or psychiatric illnesses who are not necessarily homeless but may live in nursing homes or psychiatric hospitals.

by relying exclusively on vouchers, the federal government would essentially be lumping these people with able-bodied section 8 recipients in competing for some of the same apartments. - nytimes

oh...but wait...awol is cutting section 8 funding too...
almost 12,000 families, senior citizens or disabled adults in western massachusetts - enough to populate a small town - are on a waiting list for federal housing subsidy vouchers, and - unless congress acts - it doesn't look like they'll be getting off the waiting list any time soon.

hundreds of portable subsidies - known as section 8 vouchers - were cut from the region's allotment during the current fiscal year because president bush "so low-balled the request" for funding the program, according to barbara sard, a housing policy analyst at the washington, D.C.-based center on budget and policy priorities.

without the section 8 portable housing voucher program, which funds 70 percent of the region's fair market rent for housing, many families are treading water in the struggle to make ends meet. and paying the rent may mean skipping meals or needed medical attention. -
the republican (yes...the republican)

i hate to remind this hatefilled, evil administration, but there are a good number of veterans who are coming back disabled and rely on federal money to help them find housing. nice way to support the troops, apeshit boy.

i don't know what sort of "christian" awol is, but somehow in my reading the bible, i missed the part where jesus told poor and ill people to go crawl under rocks to live.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:08 PM |


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