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Northwest Oregon gets Section 8 bailout from feds

The Northwest Oregon Housing Authority, which terminated nearly 300 families from it’s Section 8 program this summer, will receive $800,000 from the federal housing bureau to restore assistance in the tri-county region.

However, families who heeded letters to find new housing options are now out of the loop.
At the end of May, 285 families were sent letters from the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority informing them that their Section 8 would be discontinued in 30 days due to a shortage in funding. The shortfall came after the housing authority exceeded the number of vouchers it could issue, and then drained it’s reserves covering the costs.

The federal Bureau of Housing and Urban Development, which funds the Section 8 housing assistance voucher program through public housing authorities, announced earlier this month that it will essentially bail out NOHA and other authorities in similar situations. Following an application request process earlier this month, NOHA is expected to receive $800,000 to restore housing assistance to the families terminated from the program. Continue reading

Sen. Wyden calls on HUD to prevent Section 8 terminations, homelessness

Sen. Ron Wyden has written a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, calling for assistance for the families in Northwest Oregon who are being dropped from rental assistance at the end of the month.

At the end of May, 285 Section 8 recipients in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties received letters from the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority, or NOHA, informing them that they will be cut from the program by July 1. NOHA said it did not receive the needed funding to be able to keep them enrolled, and that it had surpassed its HUD-approved limit of 1,077 vouchers and had to trim back.

Wyden’s letter:

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Advocates across the state are organizing around this event and calling critical attention to the actions of HUD, its funding formula, and local authorities. Their campaign is reaching lawmakers in Salem and Washington D.C. We’ll keep you posted.

For more on this issue, pick up the current edition of Street Roots, or check out “The Letter.”   To add your voice to Wyden’s in calling for a solution, visit our Act Now.

Posted By Joanne Zuhl

Act Now! Demand HUD meet the full demand of housing in NW Oregon!

monopolycrop30Street Roots has joined forces with Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity, Neighborhood Partnerships, Oregon ON, Columbia River Business Alliance, Sisters Of The Road, Rural Organizing Project, Tillamook County Citizens for Human Dignity, Columbia Pacific Alliance for Social Justice, Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor, and the Western Regional Advocacy Project to ask HUD to meet its housing needs in Northwest Oregon.

Northwest Oregon Housing Authority (NOHA) sent a letter May 26 notifying 285 low-income households in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook Counties that they will be cut off their Section 8 vouchers effective July 1. For some, the assistance is more than 90 percent of their rent. NOHA hopes to have funding reinstated at the end of the year, at which time the families could have their Section 8 restored. However, the assistance is uncertain and these households cannot wait that long.

Immediate action from HUD is requested to fill the funding gap to keep people in their homes. The overall gap is $600,000, but Oregon Housing and Community Services has contributed $50,000 to provide rental assistance for an estimated 15-20 households who were previously homeless and have the greatest need, for an estimated six months. The remaining figure requested from HUD, therefore, is $550,000.

Poverty and unemployment in these rural communities is a serious problem. The State of Oregon recently reported that homelessness in Oregon has increased 35-37%. The Oregon Department Of Education reports that in school year 2007-2008 the school districts in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties had 540 homeless students, of which 460 were in families.

Call the Portland HUD field office and tell them to restore $550,000 in funding needed to make sure more Oregon families are not kicked to the streets.

Phone: (971) 222-2600 or e-mail HUD at Miguel.A.FontanezSanchez@hud.gov