Kavanagh Calls on State to Fund Section 8 Vouchers

December 22, 2009

In response to the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) announcement that approximately 3,000 previously issued Section 8 vouchers will be eliminated due to budget shortfalls, Assemblymember Kavanagh wrote a letter to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) calling on OTDA to approve the NYC Department of Homeless Services’ request to fund the vouchers. The vouchers would be funded for 18 months through an extension of the Advantage Program.

Kavanagh called on the State to act as soon as possible stating that “investing millions of dollars now to save tens of millions later makes economic sense…and would avert the incalculable human cost of revoking the promise of permanent housing for thousands of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.”