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Legislative Alert: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Strong HUD Funding for FY19

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 8, 2018

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill. The bill provides $1.1 billion in increased spending above FY2018 enacted levels and sailed through the committee with a vote of 31-0.

 

The Senate bill provides over $12 billion more than the President’s FY19 request, over $1 billion more than the House bill, and $1.8 billion more for HUD programs than was appropriated in FY18. This action by the Committee shows a strong commitment to investing in affordable housing programs and rejects recent proposals for drastic cuts to affordable housing funding, harmful rent increases, and work requirements for HUD program recipients.

 

Funding Levels for Key Programs:

  • The HOME Investment Partnerships and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs were level funded from FY18 at $1.362 and $3.3 billion respectively;
  • The bill provides the increases necessary to continue assistance to all families and individuals currently served by rental assistance programs. These numbers include: $22.8 billion for tenant-based Section 8 vouchers; $7.5 billion for public housing; $11.7 billion for project-based Section 8; $678 million for Housing for the Elderly; and $154 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities.
  •  Homeless assistance programs received a boost at $2.6 billion along with several provisions to better serve vulnerable populations including veterans, youth, and survivors of domestic violence.

The bill was the product of strong bipartisan cooperation, with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) leading the charge. The bill will soon be considered on the Senate floor.

 

NALHFA Members Take Action:

 

If you have a member of Congress on the Senate Appropriations Committee, please reach out to them and thank them for investing in affordable housing programs. A full list of Appropriations Committee members can be found here

Please also reach out to your senators and urge them to approve the bill when it comes up for consideration on the Senate floor. Click here to look up your senator’s office and call them today.

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