House Subcommittee marks up Section 8 reform bill

The House Financial Services Committee, Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee approved by voice vote a discussion draft of the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012 (AHISSA). The discussion draft would reform the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 housing choice voucher program and other HUD programs that assist low-income households. Subcommittee members discussed four amendments, and agreed to defer all four until the full Committee mark-up, which may come as early as the end of February. Ranking Member Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) proposed two amendments of particular interest to people with disabilities. One would allow Public Housing Administrations, without HUD approval, to allow exception payment standards up to 120 percent of the Fair Market Rent (FMR) as a reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities (currently, HUD must approve any exception above 110 percent of FMR). A second amendment proposed deleting from the draft the increase in minimum rents from $50.00 to $69.45.

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