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House releases omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2017

Posted by NMA on May 2, 2017 11:46:13 AM

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The House Appropriations Committee yesterday released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which would provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Congress is expected to vote on the bill later this week, in time to avoid a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires on Friday.

Proposed funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is described in a summary prepared by the House committee. The legislation includes a net total of $38.8 billion for HUD, a $513 million increase above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level, and $824 million below the requested funding level. Highlights include:

  • Section 8 and Public Housing – Included in the bill is $27.5 billion for Public and Indian Housing. This is an increase of $623 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $760 million below the requested level.
  • Office of Housing – Other housing programs are funded at $11.5 billion – an increase of $259 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Project-Based Rental Assistance is funded at $10.8 billion; Housing for the Elderly is provided with $502 million; and Housing for Persons with Disabilities receives $146 million.
  • The bill cuts HUD’s administrative payments to public housing agencies by $427 million below the previous administration’s request. It also includes a provision prohibiting HUD from guaranteeing mortgages seized by eminent domain.
  • Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $6.8 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – $152 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.
  • Community Development Block Grants are funded at $3 billion – the same as the fiscal year 2016 level. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funded at $950 million – the same as the current year. Grants for homeless assistance are funded at $2.4 billion, an increase of $133 million over current level.
  • Emergency Funding for Disaster Relief – In addition to regular appropriations, the legislation includes an additional $948 million in disaster relief. Of this amount, $528 million is for the Emergency Relief Program for qualifying emergency road and bridge repair expenses, and $400 million is for Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery assistance.

The full 92-page committee report is available here.

Topics: appropriations, CDBG, disaster programs, government shutdown, HOME, PBRA, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 9/16/16

Posted by NMA on Sep 16, 2016 4:26:55 PM

Boston Globe: Housing subsidies represent perhaps the country’s best shot at breaking intergenerational poverty

CityLab: The case for preservation instead of construction

CityLab: Most Americans are worried about losing their housing

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: How do U.S. renters fare compared to those around the world?

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Older single women face greatest housing challenges

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: New data on incomes suggests growing demand for housing

Next City: What Texas ruling means for fair housing

Next City: Nashville affordable housing advocates score 2 victories

NLIHC: Congress debates stopgap funding to avoid government shutdown

NLIHC: U.S. ranks poorly in housing affordability among advanced countries

Rooflines: Why we need to invest greater resources into the role of residential property managers

San Francisco Chronicle (via Planetizen): Housing crisis linked to public health problems

Urban Wire: What new programs and policies should PHAs be testing?

Urban Wire: How MTW could teach us about the benefits and costs of car access

Urban Wire: How HUD and PHAs can support students

Urban Wire: To increase housing choice, try incentivizing landlords

Topics: appropriations, fair housing, government shutdown, MTW, Program News and Notices, seniors and elderly

Affordable housing news 12/18/15

Posted by NMA on Dec 18, 2015 10:29:53 AM

Good news this morning from Congress, which approved a $1.1 trillion spending package averting a government shutdown.

The bill increases funding for the HOME program (previous versions effectively eliminated HOME), fully funds the renewal of all housing choice vouchers in use as well as vouchers about to be leased up by new voucher holders, and increases funding for both the public housing operating and capital funds.

CNN: Congress clears bill averting shutdown

CityLab: Residents in some public-housing units in Worcester, Massachusetts, must now get a job or go back to school

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Unprecedented growth in the number of renter households over the past 10 years

NLIHC: Committee approves "Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act" despite opposition

NPR: There's shelter, and then there's housing: Utah claims muted victory

To all our blog readers, a very happy holiday! This is the final affordable housing news roundup of 2015, and we’ll be back in 2016 to bring you up to speed on what’s ahead in the new year.

Topics: appropriations, government shutdown, HOME, HOTMA, Program News and Notices

FY 2016 omnibus spending bill released

Posted by NMA on Dec 16, 2015 2:01:36 PM

govt-congress.jpgEarly this morning, Congress released the text of the omnibus spending bill, H.R. 2029. The omnibus bill funds all 12 appropriations bills for FY 2016, including Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. Highlights of the bill as it stands are:

  • Vouchers would be funded at $19.629 billion, $65 million of which would go to new vouchers. All new vouchers are HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers.
  • The HOME program would be funded at $950 million for FY 2016, a $50 million increase in funding from 2015.
  • Public housing operating and capital funds would be funded at $4.5 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively.
  • One hundred new Moving to Work (MTW) agencies would be authorized over seven years. Contracts of existing MTW agencies would also be renewed under their current terms until FY 2028.

Congress is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR), passed last Friday, which keeps the government funded through the end of today, December 16. For this reason, it is likely that Congress will pass another CR today to avoid shutdown until December 22. As for the omnibus funding bill, Congress is expected to pass that later this week.

Topics: appropriations, government shutdown, MTW, Program News and Notices, VASH

Affordable housing news 12/11/15

Posted by NMA on Dec 11, 2015 3:41:45 PM

CBPP: Housing bill would boost rental assistance's effectiveness

The HUDdle: How the family self-sufficiency program is changing lives

Huffington Post: House passes 5-day continuing resolution, averts shutdown

Next City: Where are lower-income renters supposed to live?

NHC: Addressing community opposition to affordable housing

NLIHC: Congress approves triennial recertifications for fixed-income households

Rooflines: Arrests alone are not a legal basis for an application denial or eviction

Urban Wire: The next step in the plan to end homelessness among veterans

Washington Post: Why it's so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary

Topics: appropriations, FSS, government shutdown, HOTMA, Program News and Notices, veterans

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