Guam - Due to sequestration, the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority's funding level has been reduced set to impact its housing assistance to families currently under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Today a public hearing was held to discuss some of the new policies GHURA has proposed to cut costs and to lower spending each month.
Section 8 administrator Norma San Nicolas said, "We are asked by HUD to find ways to continue helping families, but at the rate they're paying us 2009 our finding has dropped by 6%."
She adds GHURA may be terminating some vouchers through attrition. Some of the proposed amendments to GHURA's current policy include counting the living room as a bedroom when determining the family unit voucher size, increasing the maximum number of people in a household by two, and reporting requirements for deficiencies and increase incomes for the family.