of San Francisco
Bush adminsitration wants to cut Section 8 program by 30 percent by 2009.
GRIM FUTURE LOOMS FOR HOUSING AID FAMILIES
Penninsula Daily News, June 9, 2004
PORT ANGELES -- They are poverty-level women with children who have lived in tents, parking lots, tiny travel trailers and shacks without plumbing or electricity.
Tina Paschich, Donna Trump and Vicki Guthrie -- believing
those days were gone -- once again face the imminent, grim prospect of
Paschich, a 37-year-old mother of four children, lived in a tent from park to park around the county -- even resorting to a short stint in a van at Wal-Mart parking lot before she and her family found a St. Vincent de Paul-paid motel. They ended up at Serenity House homeless shelter, then were accepted for a subsidized apartment at Evergreen Family Village, the county's transitional housing for homeless families.
``That was a long time for me to be homeless,'' Paschich said, recalling about two years of living without a roof overhead.
``So it is pretty scary that I could be out on the streets again. I could be living in tent again . . . I have nightmares about it.''
The Bush administration wants to cut $1.6 billion from the nation's Section 8 program in 2005, which will increase to $4.6 billion, or 30 percent of the program, by 2009.
Section 8 is the government's main housing program
for the poor. The program provides rent subsidies for 2 million of the
country's most vulnerable families and encourages private developers to
build affordable housing.