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House Passes Funding Bill With Substantial Increases for Housing & Community Development Programs

27 Jun 2019 1:11 PM | Kathleen Lara (Administrator)

Thanks in part to your advocacy and response to our Action Alert, the U.S. House passed a package of FY20 funding bills on June 25 that includes critically needed increased funding for housing and community development programs within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by a vote of 227-194.

It is important for Prosperity Indiana members to note, however, that before any spending bill can go into effect, Congress must agree to lift spending caps put in place under the Budget Control Act of 2011. If that does not occur, these programs could face 10 percent cuts across-the-board. We urge members to continue speaking to your Representative and our Senators about the need to reach agreement on such a measure.

As an overview, this House bill provides urgently needed increases, in funding for Housing Counseling, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities, and Homeless Assistance Grants. It also includes enough funding to renew all existing Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance contracts.

There were some amendments passed that found mechanisms to increase funding for Homeless Assistance Grants - one aimed at serving youth experiencing homelessness ($5 million) and another to study transitional housing grants ($1 million). Our Prosperity Indiana federal budget chart is below.

In terms of policy amendments of importance to PI members, there was one passed that would examine alternative methods for calculating Fair Market Rents in shifting markets with rapidly rising rents. Despite amendment proposals, the bill retained language that would prevent the administration from imposing it's mixed-status rule proposal and from amending the Equal Access rule to allow homeless shelters to deny equal treatment for transgender individuals experiencing homelessness.

Proposed Funding By Program

(In Millions)

Program

FY19 Enacted

FY20 Administration

FY20 House

FY20 Senate

FY20 Enacted

Transportation-Housing and Urban Development

CDBG

3,300

0

3,600

HOME

1,250

0

1,750

Tenant Based Rental Assistance

22,598

22,244

23,810

Project-Based Rental Assistance

11,747

12,021

12,590

Homeless Assistance Grants

2,636

2,599

2,800

Housing Counseling Assistance

50

45

60

Public Housing Capital Fund

2,775

0

2,855

Public Housing Operating Fund

4,653

2,863

4,753

Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

150

0

300

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

80

75

100

Jobs-Plus Pilot Sufficiency Program

15

15

15

HOPWA

393

330

410

Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity

Program

10

0

55

202 (Housing for Elderly)

678

644

803

811 (Housing for Persons with Disabilities)

184

157

259

Rental Assistance Demonstration

0

100

0

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

65

62

75

Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard

279

290

290

Policy Development and Research

96

87

98

Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration

502 Single Family Guarantee

24,000

24,000

24,000

502 Single Family Direct

1,000

0

1,000

502 Self-Help set-aside

5

0

0

521 Rental Assistance

1,331

1,375

1,375

515 Rental Housing Direct Loans

 40

 0

 45

504 VLI Repair Loans

 28

 0

28

523 Self-Help TA

 30

0

32 

538 Rental Hsg. Guar.

230 

250 

250 

Rental Prsrv. Demo. (MPR)

 24.5

 0

40 

Rural Community Development Initiatives

6

0

8

Rental Preservation TA

1

0

0


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