Take Two for March 26, 2013

Federal sequestration cuts could hit home for LA's low-income renters

NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION // OUT OF REACH 2013

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2013 TWO-BEDROOM RENTAL UNIT HOUSING WAGE: Represents the hourly wage that a household must earn (working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year) in order to afford the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom unit, without paying more than 30% of their income.

The federal sequester is beginning to cut into housing subsidies for low-income renters in Los Angeles, reducing funding for public housing and Section 8 programs to its lowest level in their history.

Monthly rents have already been hiked by $100 for some families and housing vouchers have been denied to 300 families. That's especially worrisome for the city with the largest homeless population in the country.  

We talk with Doug Guthrie, who heads the L.A. County Housing Authority. 


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