King County Housing Authority Achieves Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Milestone

Posted by Pam Blanton on June 8, 2010

BusinessWire – Thanks to continued growth of the King County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the number of low-income households in King County receiving rental assistance has more than doubled in the last decade. This week, KCHA hit the 10,000 voucher mark in its efforts to provide rent subsidies to poor families and elderly and disabled households in King County outside of Seattle and Renton. The program now supports approximately 23,000 people including 2,247 elderly individuals, 4,006 persons with disabilities, and 11,337 children. The program served 4,700 households in 2000.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to rise to the challenge,” said KCHA Executive Director Stephen Norman. “Despite the fact that the Housing Choice Voucher Program has suffered from varying degrees of underfunding by Congress over the past decade, KCHA has made it a point to go after every available housing voucher in order to serve as many King County residents in need of safe, affordable shelter as possible. Even with this level of growth, unfortunately, we’re not able to keep up with the level of need in the community.”  READ MORE

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