SF Gate reports on the rising evictions of tenants who have vouchers to pay for their rent.
The San Francisco Housing Authority manages the local Section 8 program, which awards federally funded housing vouchers to low-income, disabled or elderly people to use toward rent in private apartments and houses. There are 9,500 households receiving Section 8 vouchers in San Francisco.
2010 market rates
The vouchers’ value – $1,473 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,858 for two bedrooms – is set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development using a complicated formula. Last changed in 2011, it is based on fair market rates from 2008 to 2010. Rents in San Francisco have skyrocketed since then, but the voucher values haven’t budged.
Gene Gibson, spokeswoman for the regional HUD office, said another calculation will be made in the next year, but until then it’s unknown whether there will be an increase in the voucher value or for how much.
Tenants can make up the difference between the voucher value and their rent, but even that is increasingly not enough – and attorneys say some of their clients are paying 70 percent of their small incomes toward rent in an effort to keep their apartments. READ MORE.