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NYC Cancels 3,000 Section 8 Welfare vouchers.


New York City can no longer afford to keep up with Section 8 welfare vouchers, because many of the users abuse Section 8 as permanent housing instead of a temporary pick me up.

From Gothamist.com

Yesterday, the New York City Housing Authority revoked over 3,000 Section 8 vouchers, citing “Congress, a lower-than-usual attrition rate in the program and unprecedented demand.” This means that thousands of families may try to enter the city’s already overflowing shelters.

Federal Section 8 vouchers allow poor (and elderly and disabled) tenants to pay just 30% of their incomes towards rents in private apartments, with the government picking up the rest. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was outraged, telling NY1, “[The NYCHA] knew this in May. They didn’t let anybody know. People were walking around thinking they have an affordable housing unit, the potential for that, and they don’t.” But the NYCHA says they waited until the last possible moment, in hopes that funding would be restored.