HUD vouchers for homeless fall short of local hopes

Excerpt from a Waco Trib article: After school every day, over 1,000 homeless students in the Waco Independent School District return home to someone else’s home, a motel or even a car.


Local housing officials were hoping this year to take a big leap toward housing those students and other homeless residents through a federal voucher program. But they will have to settle for baby steps.


This spring, the Waco Housing Authority applied for 200 housing vouchers through HUD’s Mainstream Voucher Program, which is meant to house homeless families and individuals up to 61 years old. The authority teamed up with the Heart of Texas Region MHMR, the Family Abuse Center, and Waco ISD to identify the housing needs.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted vouchers through the program — but only 35, not the 200 requested.



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