The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) has announced changes to its housing voucher system, affecting residents with Section 8 vouchers. These changes, a combination of federal guidelines and local policy decisions, have been introduced with minimal public input.
Mandatory One-Year Residency for Voucher Recipients
A significant policy update from HACP is the introduction of a mandatory one-year residency requirement in Pittsburgh for Section 8 voucher holders before they can relocate. This policy, according to Amanda Hower, HACP's Senior Project Manager, includes exceptions for circumstances such as domestic violence or the need for disability access.
Revisions to the Voucher Program
The HACP board has approved modifications to the Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan. These changes are in line with the federal Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act and include alterations in how family income is calculated for housing assistance.
Focus on Student Housing
A new initiative by HACP sets aside 100 vouchers for full-time students, in partnership with Pittsburgh Scholar House. This policy aims to support students in achieving self-sufficiency and potentially homeownership after completing their education.
Public Engagement and Feedback
The lack of resident feedback on these changes has been noted, despite federal mandates for public consultation. The HACP's approach to informing the public, primarily through newspaper notices, has been a point of discussion.
Ongoing Development of Housing Policies
The process of updating housing voucher rules is described as ongoing and subject to further adjustments. The article also includes a correction regarding the spelling of Amanda Hower's name in an earlier version.