Clinton: homelessness threat "ever-present nightmare" for

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 28 Nov 1998 23:07:06 -0400


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How many million people in the USA are "disabled" according the federal
government's definition?  My hunch is that the $130 million HUD voucher
program cited below would average perhaps $5-15 for each of them.

Clinton said that ``for millions of struggling senior citizens and people
with disabilities, the peace and security of a decent home is a distant
dream and the threat of homelessness an ever-present nightmare.'' -- see
article below

http:www.hud.gov
HUD information on the amount of new housing funding given to each state

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/ap/washington/story.html?s=3Dv/ap/19981=
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CLINTON ANNOUNCES HOUSING GRANTS

By SANDRA SOBIERAJ Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) - An estimated 17,000 low-income people with disabilities
will share nearly $130 million in new federal housing vouchers to help pay
the rent, President Clinton announced Saturday.

``All of us bound together across the generations in a cycle of mutual
help, caring for one another, thanking God for our blessings - with the
steps we take today, we'll ensure the same spirit of Thanksgiving is alive
every day of the year,'' the president said in describing the vouchers
during his weekly radio broadcast.

The money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be
distributed through local housing authorities in more than 200 communities.
The vouchers given to individuals are meant to subsidize rents in the
private marketplace so that the low-income disabled don't spend more than
30 percent of their income in rent.

``Americans should never have to choose between putting a meal on the table
or putting a roof over their heads,'' Clinton said in announcing the grants.

To qualify for the housing aid, applicants must be classified as ``very low
income,'' meaning a household with an income of less than 50 percent of the
area median. On a national level, this amounts to an income of less than
$8,000 a year, according to HUD.

Republicans, meanwhile, used their radio address to press Social Security
reform - an issue that Clinton and the Democrats used to their advantage in
the Nov. 3 elections.

``The message from the elections of 1998 ... is that Social Security must
be strengthened and reformed,'' said Sen.-elect Jim Bunning, R-Ky. ``We
need to take it out of politics, stop the distortion and get down to work.''

Earlier this month, HUD announced nearly $700 million in grants to
nonprofit groups to create 8,100 subsidized apartments for some 12,000
low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Clinton said that ``for millions of struggling senior citizens and people
with disabilities, the peace and security of a decent home is a distant
dream and the threat of homelessness an ever-present nightmare.''

Helping these people, ``at this moment of unparalleled prosperity,'' is a
duty for all Americans, he said.

The president taped his radio address Friday while on holiday with his
family at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. The Clintons
returned to the White House Friday night.

EDITOR'S NOTE: HUD has posted information on the amount of new housing
funding given to each state: http:www.hud.gov

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How many million people in the USA are "disabled" according the federal
government's definition?  My hunch is that the $130 million HUD voucher
program cited below would average perhaps $5-15 for each of them.


Clinton said that ``for millions of struggling senior citizens and
people with disabilities, the peace and security of a decent home is a
distant dream and the threat of homelessness an ever-present
nightmare.'' -- see article below


http:www.hud.gov

HUD information on the amount of new housing funding given to each
state


http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/ap/washington/story.html?s=3Dv/ap/19981=
128/pl/clinton_radio_3.html

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WASHINGTON (AP) - An estimated 17,000 low-income people with
disabilities will share nearly $130 million in new federal housing
vouchers to help pay the rent, President Clinton announced Saturday.


``All of us bound together across the generations in a cycle of mutual
help, caring for one another, thanking God for our blessings - with the
steps we take today, we'll ensure the same spirit of Thanksgiving is
alive every day of the year,'' the president said in describing the
vouchers during his weekly radio broadcast.


The money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be
distributed through local housing authorities in more than 200
communities. The vouchers given to individuals are meant to subsidize
rents in the private marketplace so that the low-income disabled don't
spend more than 30 percent of their income in rent.


``Americans should never have to choose between putting a meal on the
table or putting a roof over their heads,'' Clinton said in announcing
the grants.


To qualify for the housing aid, applicants must be classified as ``very
low income,'' meaning a household with an income of less than 50
percent of the area median. On a national level, this amounts to an
income of less than $8,000 a year, according to HUD.


Republicans, meanwhile, used their radio address to press Social
Security reform - an issue that Clinton and the Democrats used to their
advantage in the Nov. 3 elections.


``The message from the elections of 1998 ... is that Social Security
must be strengthened and reformed,'' said Sen.-elect Jim Bunning, R-Ky.
``We need to take it out of politics, stop the distortion and get down
to work.''


Earlier this month, HUD announced nearly $700 million in grants to
nonprofit groups to create 8,100 subsidized apartments for some 12,000
low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities.


Clinton said that ``for millions of struggling senior citizens and
people with disabilities, the peace and security of a decent home is a
distant dream and the threat of homelessness an ever-present
nightmare.''


Helping these people, ``at this moment of unparalleled prosperity,'' is
a duty for all Americans, he said.


The president taped his radio address Friday while on holiday with his
family at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. The
Clintons returned to the White House Friday night.


EDITOR'S NOTE: HUD has posted information on the amount of new housing
funding given to each state: http:www.hud.gov


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