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Housing authority fights to keep all housing vouchers, despite sequester cuts

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Hundreds of families depend on the Wilmington Housing Authority for vouchers every year so they can pay rent. However, sequester cuts are making that harder. Hundreds of families depend on the Wilmington Housing Authority for vouchers every year so they can pay rent. However, sequester cuts are making that harder.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of families depend on the Wilmington Housing Authority for vouchers every year so they can pay rent. However, sequester cuts are making that harder, taking $700,000 from the program.

The WHA says if nothing is done, the cuts would force the housing authority to randomly pick 250 families of the 1,800 who depend on the vouchers and stop supplying them.

The Chief Executive Officer, Michael Krause, says they will be applying for extra money to make sure that doesn't happen.  Krause says he believes they will get the additional funding.  If not, he says the organization will ask HUD permission to use some of their reserve funds.
 
He says that would still hurt the housing authority, and prevent them from being able to do other projects they were planning on.

"It really hinders our ability to do some of the projects that we have planned moving forward," said Krause. "We need some of our reserves to offset some of the gaps in these planned projects we have, if we have to keep taking from our reserves to support our existing programs, we aren't going to be able to continue to do some of the great things we've done over the years."

Still he says it's necessary to make sure no family's lose their vouchers.

Homeless shelter leaders say, many families wait a long time to even get on the waiting list to get vouchers.  Katrina Knight, of the Good Shepard Center, says the news that a family no longer qualifies would be devastating.

"For many of them, it's the difference between being on the street or in shelters, or having a roof over their head," said Knight. "We do not have very much affordable rental housing in this community especially that is decent."

WHA says they hope to find out if they will be getting the additional funding soon after they apply. They will be applying in the next couple of weeks.

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