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The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to mark up an amended version of the Section 8 reform legislation, the Affordable Housing and Self Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012 (AHSSIA), in the coming weeks in preparation for floor action.
The Affordable Housing and Self Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012 includes a number of provisions that will streamline the housing choice voucher program by eliminating duplicative and burdensome requirements that will apply to the Section 8 voucher program.
The bill also includes provisions that impact all federally assisted housing, including senior housing, income, rent and asset definitions, recertification requirements, Limited English Proficiency, the Project Based Voucher program, and mark to market.
If enacted AHSSIA would:
The Affordable Housing and Self Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012 also includes provisions that will impact all managers and their ability to serve residents and potential residents of Limited English Proficiency by providing for translation of required documents and for a toll free telephone line to provide translation services if necessary.
The project based voucher program is also reformed in this legislation to increase the percentage of vouchers that a housing authority can project base from 20% to 25% for projects that serve seniors and provide supportive services -- good news for new development and preservation of senior housing that needs rental subsidy.
Finally, the legislation extends the mark to market program authorization through Sept. 30, 2015, which will extend authorities that help preservation of certain subsidized housing.