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2017 Federal Budget Preserves Funding of Non-Defense Programs

National Low Income Housing Coalition

The U.S. Congress, currently operating under a Continuing Resolution, passed its fiscal year 2017 spending package on May 4, 2017. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the final budget continues to honor the bipartisan deal made under the Budget Control Act for defense and non-defense programs in 2015 and does not include the $18 billion in spending cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. The proposed bill continues to fund the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and extends its statutory closing to October 1, 2018. 

The bill provides the following allocations:

  • $950 million for the HOME program and $3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program the same level of funding as FY 16. 
  • $2.4 billion for the Homeless Assistance Grants, a $133 million increase from FY 16 and includes $43 million to assist youth that are experiencing homelessness.
  • Project-Based Rental Assistance is funded at $10.8 billion, a $186 increase from the FY 16 funding.  $20.3 billion in FY 17 for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, out of which $18.4 billion is to renew previous contracts.  
  • Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing receives $47 million. 
  • $10 million for new Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers and $120 million for Section 811 mainstream vouchers. 
  • $146 million for Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities programs, $5 million decrease from FY 16. 
  • $4.4 billion for the public housing operating fund, a $100 million cut from FY 16 levels.
  • $13 million increase in FY 17 to the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. 
  • $35 million increase to the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes programs. 

Click here to read the National Low Income Housing Coalition summary of the budget. 

Click here to read the bill. 


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