Peninsula Group To Fight Cuts To Low-Income Housing Assistance

PALO ALTO (KCBS) – A Peninsula group that helps the homeless is condemning a bid by House Republicans to make deep cuts to federal low-income housing assistance.

The Opportunity Center in Palo Alto, part of the non-profit Community Working Group, has vowed to fight for continued funding for Section 8 housing.

Kitci Schweinsberger said he’s an example of what a hand up from the government can do.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

“I was homeless, living in a car, working, sheltering other people. I believe that food is probably the most important thing that people need,” he said.

Katherine Bock with San Jose’s Low-Income Self Help Center had advice for dozens who feel in peril.

“Don’t let people in power convince you or try to convince you that it’s your fault. Don’t let them say that you’re lazy or to pull yourself up from your bootstraps, whatever the heck those are,” said Bock.

A vote on the proposed cuts should come soon with the federal government’s funding resolution expiring March 4th.

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