Des Moines Considering Ways to Expand Housing Aid

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Proposed changes in the city's housing voucher program could help more families but could lower subsidies already in the program.

The Des Moines Register reports that stricter requirements on the number of bedrooms for which families are eligible could allow aid to reach up to 140 more households,. The current Section 8 housing program provides aid to about 3,000 low-income Des Moines households.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the city may set its own guidelines for distribution.

Some residents now in the program worry the proposed changes would require them pay more each month or could force them to move.

The council is scheduled to vote on the change at its 4:15 p.m. meeting Monday.

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