Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Tuesday

April 2, 2013

Fear of Section 8 cuts subsides in northern Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY — Recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers in northern Michigan can breathe a sigh of relief: No one is going to be cut off from the federal housing subsidy anytime soon.

Last month, Traverse City Housing Commission Executive Director Ilah Honson sent a letter to Section 8 recipients in the Traverse City area and warned that $85 billion in looming sequester cuts to the federal budget may cause some local Section 8 recipients to lose the subsidy.

Section 8 vouchers are monies allocated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to help with rental housing costs for low-income families. Honson said Monday it now appears no one is going to lose the benefit because of sequestration cuts.

“We’ve received our preliminary numbers from HUD, and it appears that we will be okay,” Honson said. “It’s something we are going to have to monitor on a monthly basis.”

Mayor Michael Estes criticized Honson for sending the letter. He said it was premature and caused a panic among some of Traverse City’s most vulnerable citizens. Estes said the Housing Commission shouldn’t have sent the letter without knowing for sure whether the cuts would occur.

“Her letter was just totally inappropriate,” Estes said. “You don’t tell people who are very susceptible in a letter that they may be losing a means to support themselves.

“It’s very unfortunate and it should not have happened,” Estes said. “People should not be getting a letter that scares them to death.”

Honson declined comment on Estes’ comments. “I have not spoken with the mayor” about the letter, she said.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl