Diane Sullivan used to be homeless, but thanks to a Section 8 voucher she receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she is able to rent a home for her family – for now. In a new AFGE video, Dianne says she worries that years of deep budget cuts could put her and her children back on the street.
“If I lose my Section 8 because of a funding drop, I lose my housing and I become homeless, and I do not want my children going through that experience again,” she says.
More than five million families across the country rely on federal housing assistance to keep a roof over their heads. Yet because of sequestration, HUD has been forced to eliminate housing vouchers for 85,000 people since 2013.
The AFGE video is one in a series of videos documenting the impact of HUD programs in local communities.
“HUD employees administer vital programs that benefit our most vulnerable citizens, revitalize neglected neighborhoods, and help millions of families realize the American dream of home ownership,” says AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.