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Budget battle: King Co. suspends housing vouchers

King County has suspended the distribution of some housing assistant vouchers because of the automatic federal budget cuts that started on Friday.

Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

King County has suspended the distribution of some housing assistant vouchers because of the automatic federal budget cuts that started on Friday.

The King County Housing Authority announced Thursday that it will stop re-issuing rental assistance vouchers that are turned in by people who no longer need them. Normally, those vouchers would then go to people on a waiting list.

Authority spokeswoman Rhonda Rosenberg says that about 45-50 vouchers are re-issued to new people in their Section 8 House Choice program every month.

Rosenberg says that if the so-called budget sequestration lasts a year, it will cost King County about $6.3 million in housing assistant money.

On Friday, President Barack Obama and Republican Congressional leaders met for an hour before announcing there was no progress on budget negotiations.

The automatic cuts will slice $85 billion out of spending through the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

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