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Individual and Systemic Challenges to Section 8 Voucher Terminations for Failure to Submit Income Verification

By Jennifer Dieringer

Anecdotal information indicates that, as a result of the decrease in available Section 8 vouchers, housing authorities are putting pressure on their employees to terminate existing Section 8 recipients from the program. One common reason for termination is the failure of participants to verify their income for annual recertification. The regulation concerning the recipient's duty to give information to a housing authority appears to permit a housing authority to terminate a participant for failure to submit income-verification documents. However, detailed subregulations allow termination for this reason only in very limited circumstances.

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