Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced legislation Tuesday that would make structural changes to the Section 8 housing program. H.R. 4145 would impose time limits and work requirements on most recipients, as well as make veterans a higher priority for Section 8 assistance.
"Section 8 is a broken program that rewards dependency on government with our tax dollars," Rep. Chabot said. "In this time of economic uncertainty, it's critical that this program be a fallback for struggling Americans, not a way of life for those looking to milk the system."
The bill would prohibit illegal aliens and felons from receiving Section 8 vouchers. It would impose a five-year time limit on Section 8 recipients. And it would require those 18 years of age and older, who are using Section 8, to work at least 20 hours each week. The bill does include exemptions for the disabled and seniors. Further, the legislation would require Section 8 recipients to comply with all state and local laws and ordinances.
"I'm pleased to have been able to listen to the concerns of my constituents and respond with meaningful legislation," Rep. Chabot said. "I look forward to real reforms being made to this fractured program."