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Federal FY 12 Housing and Homelessness Budget Update


The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) reports that the Senate is expected to create its own FY 2012 Budget Resolution within the next few weeks as a counterpart to the House Budget Resolution passed April 15. The House will be in recess next week, but anticipates that Appropriations subcommittees will begin crafting legislation for FY 2012 later this month.

CBPP Analyzes Impact of the House Republican FY 2012 Budget

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has released a brief analyzing the impacts of the recently passed House Republican budget on housing and community development programs. Covering the next 10 years, the House Republican budget proposes huge cuts to a number of key housing programs, totaling $75 billion over the 10 years, including cuts below 2011 funding levels of:

  • Housing Choice (“Section 8”) Voucher Program - $2 billion.
  • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) - $1 billion
  • Public Housing - $800 million.
  • Homelessness Assistance - $200 million,which makes it impossible to fully implement the HEARTH Act and to achieve the goals in the Federal Opening Doors Plan to End Homelessness.
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - $750 million.

These proposed cuts would fall on the shoulders of Connecticut’s and America’s most vulnerable citizens. In addition to these disabling cuts to housing programs, the House Republican plan proposes extensive cuts to a number of other safety net programs, including SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare.

To Learn More:
CBPP’s House Republican Budget Analysis
House Republican Budget Document

HUD Sec. Donovan Testifies at Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs met on May 5 to hold a hearing titled "Legislative Proposals in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's FY 2012 Budget." HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was the sole witness at the hearing, where he discussed President Obama’s budget request for programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for fiscal year (FY) 2012.

Donovan also discussed the need to maintain and preserve affordable housing and to bolster programs assisting individuals and families experiencing homelessness, including the need to fully implement the HEARTH Act of 2009.

Released in February, President Obama’s FY 12 budget proposed increased support to housing and homelessness programs,including a $500 million increase in McKinney-Vento funding to $2.372 billion

To Learn More:
Hearing Overview
Hearing Webcast
NAEH’s Coverage of Obama’s Budget
TAC Overview of Obama’s Budget


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