NY Times Obama Sequester Hysteria: 125,000 Families Could Become Homeless

Posted by on Mar 04, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Just imagine the fear-mongering if we actually made substantial budget cuts. Really, this panic is becoming more than a bit tedious.

Unless a deal is reached to change the course of the cuts, housing programs would be hit particularly hard, with about 125,000 individuals and families put at risk of becoming homeless, the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated. An additional 100,000 formerly homeless people might be removed from emergency shelters or other housing arrangements because of the cuts, the agency said.

Well, Obama was in no mood to make a deal to avoid his sequester, so it’s his fault.

Women and children will be hardest hit, naturally.

Other programs that assist low-income families face similarly significant cuts, including one that delivers hot meals to the elderly and another that helps pregnant women. Policy experts are particularly concerned about cuts to the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children known as WIC, which provides food and baby formula for at-risk families.

It is considered one of the most effective social programs in government, reducing anemia and increasing birth weights. But up to 775,000 low-income women and their children might lose access to or be denied that aid because of the mandatory cuts, according to calculations by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit research group.

Maybe they should take the money out of the Obama Vacation Fund. That alone would cover thousands.

4 Responses to “NY Times Obama Sequester Hysteria: 125,000 Families Could Become Homeless”

  1. MT Geoff on 4/04/13 at 6:03 pm

    If we’re going to cut federal spending, and we will sooner or later because it has to change, I for one favor cutting the programs that aren’t federal business to begin with, like housing and urban development.
    If any government has a role in the housing arena, and I don’t concede that at all, it’s the state government. And if some people want to contribute to charities to help poor people get better housing, let them do so with their own money.
    The best way to improve housing for poor people is to make it less costly to build. That would include reducing energy costs, using the most efficient available manufacturing for stuff that goes into housing, using less expensive labor, and probably loosening up some building codes. I wouldn’t want safety to be compromised, but a family is better off with five people sharing two bedrooms and one bathroom than they are in our church basement.

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