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Legislative Alert: House THUD Subcommittee releases FY19 Bill, Most Housing Programs Keep Increased Funding Levels

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Last night, the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending bill. The bill includes a total of $43.6 billion in funding for HUD, an increase of $941 million from FY 2018 levels, and $11.9 billion above the President’s budget request. Overall the bill is a win for the affordable housing industry and shows Congressional commitment to funding these important programs. Additionally, it does not include the harmful rent increases and work requirements proposed by the Trump Administration for certain HUD renter programs. 

 

The increases are modest, however and do include some slight decreases.

  • The HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) received a small decrease going from $1.36 billion to $1.2 billion. This follows a large boost the program received in FY2018 from the $950 million level enacted in FY2017. NALHFA urges members to reach out to their Members of Congress to fully fund this program that helps local communities leverage important funds to create affordable housing with the partnership of private investors.
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) saw a modest increase from $3.2 billion in FY2018 to $3.37 billion.
  • The Homeless Assistance Grants program also saw a modest increase to $2.5 billion, up $33 million from FY2018.
  • There is concern that the Housing Choice Vouchers ($20.1 billion) and the Project-Based Rental Assistance ($11.35 billion) would fall short of renewing all existing contracts. This shortfall could mean fewer families will be served by the program over the next year. NALHFA urges members to contact their Members of Congress and ask them to further increase these funding levels to fulfill all existing contracts.
  • Public housing ($2.8 billion for capital repairs and $4.6 billion for operating), Choice Neighborhoods ($150 million), and Housing for Persons with AIDs ($393 million) received slight increases.
  • Section 202 Housing for the Elderly ($632 million) and Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities ($154 million) funding levels would renew existing contracts.

The bill also includes new housing resources through a mobility voucher demonstration program funded at $50 million that would help families with young children move to areas of opportunity, and $100 million in competitive grants for Native American communities to use on the construction and preservation of affordable rental housing.

 

This bill demonstrates the Subcommittee’s continued dedication to providing federal investment in affordable housing programs. Although these increases are greatly appreciated, more resources are needed to make up for the backlog of affordable housing needs across the country. Please reach out to your Members of Congress to thank them for their commitment to affordable housing programs, and urge them to further increase these important resources at a time when our communities need them the most. The Subcommittee’s bill is the first step in a long appropriations process. The bill will need approval from the full House of Representatives and will have to be reconciled with the Senate version of the legislation before it becomes law. NALHFA continues to advocate for increased funding for vital programs to combat the affordable housing crisis and will continue to update its members on the latest developments. 

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