PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE HOUSING AUTHORITY: On Monday, February 25, 2013, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Sandra Henriquez, issued a letter to all Public Housing Authorities regarding the potential impact of the Sequestration Legislation (federal budget cuts to all programs) and revenue saving steps Housing Authorities are encouraged to take if they have not already done so.
Over the past 3 years, Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) has been proactive in taking all of the steps HUD has encouraged Housing Authorities to take to reduce program costs in order to maximize our assistance to the clients we serve.
SHA currently serves approximately 5,000 households (over 10,000 individuals) in five counties area of Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Lincoln, and Whitman. By implementing several cost saving measures we have been able to continue to serve our entire allocation of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
To date no households have been terminated as a result of budget cuts that SHA has faced over the past 6 years. The Sequestration cuts proposed will not have an immediate impact on the clients we serve nor on our existing program administration; SHA will continue to monitor the situation closely, projecting potential future impact to administration of vital basic housing services if continued cuts are sustained.
SHA will continue to look for additional opportunities to streamline administrative client services, collaborate with community partners to promote self-sufficiency, and ask clients and housing providers to understand our challenge with the goal of keeping housing affordable.