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Legislative Alert: Senate Approves Strong HUD Funding for FY19

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Today the Senate voted to approve the fiscal year FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill. The bill sailed through the Senate with a vote of 92-6.

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 Senate 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. Additionally, several amendments including Senator Toomey's (R-PA) on sanctuary jurisdictions (SA 3518), Senator Lee's (R-UT) on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (SA 3520), and Senator Enzi's (R-WY) on eliminating “fragmented, duplicative or overlapping” housing assistance programs were not adopted into the final version of the bill.

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 and include several provisions to better serve vulnerable populations including veterans, youth, and survivors of domestic violence.

 

 Leaders in the House and Senate are expected to reconcile a final THUD spending bill later this year. NALHFA wants to thank all of its members and coalition partners that have worked hard to protect funding levels for these critical affordable housing programs. Please make sure to reach out to your senators and thank them for their support. 

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