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More than 12,000 HUD Assisted Rental Units Lost in Michigan Since 1995

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  Issue 27, Spring 2005


More than 12,000 HUD Assisted Rental Units Lost in Michigan Since 1995
by Jim Schaafsma, MPLP Housing Law Attorney

 

According to the National Housing Trust, more than 12,000 HUD assisted units have been lost in Michigan since 1995 (through February 2005), including more than 4,000 project-based Section 8 units. Nationwide during this period nearly 200,000 assisted units were lost. Under federal law, tenants remaining in these units have a right to stay and are entitled to "enhanced" Section 8 vouchers which should provide a subsidy sufficient to offset any rent increase following the conversion of the property from assisted to unassisted use. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, including disinformation by owners, many tenants moved out of these properties without benefiting from these tenant protections. The result has been the loss of thousands of units of affordable housing in the state. (See "State by State Loss of Affordable Project-Based Units", http://nhtinc.org/data.asp )