WASHINGTON -- Buried in the housing appropriations bill is a provision that would cut off annual increases in federal subsidies to certain low-income multifamily projects, a change that housing proponents say could cause some projects to default.

Project owners under the Section 8 rental assistance program receive the annual increases to cover rising costs. The provision would eliminate those increases for project owners receiving so much subsidy that the rent they take in is above what the Department of Housing and Urban Development deems to he a fair market rent for the surrounding area.

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