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Senate’s HUD FY13 Budget Proposes Increased Voucher Funding


On April 17, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies released its FY2013 proposed funding for HUD programs, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 19. Overall, the bill offers more funding for several key programs – Tenant-Based and Project-Based Vouchers – when compared to President Obama’s budget proposal, but this is somewhat offset by reductions for funding in other areas – Public Housing Capital Fund, Choice Neighborhoods and Section 202 Housing for the Elderly.

Key elements of the bill:

  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance would be funded at $19.4 billion, $322 million above President Obama’s proposed budget and $482 million above the FY12 budget. The difference in funding levels among the various budgets is attributed to different amounts specified for contract renewals. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis indicates that the Senate’s budget is still “at least $200 million below the amount needed to fully renew vouchers in use.”  
  • Project-Based Rental Assistance would be funded at $9.9 billion, $1.1 billion above the President’s proposal. In proposing a higher level of funding, the Senate rejected the Administration’s proposal to “short-fund” contract renewals in FY13. Funding for FY12 was $9.3 billion.
  • The Public Housing Capital Fund would receive less - $1.985 billion in the Senate budget, compared to $2.070 in the Obama budget. The Senate budget would include $50 million for Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency programs (ROSS), while the President’s budget had no ROSS funding. FY12 funding was $1.875 billion.
  • The Public Housing Operating Fund differs marginally, with the Senate budget at $4.591 billion and the Obama budget at $4.524 billion. FY12 funding was $3.962 billion.
  • Homelessness Assistance Grants would be funded at $2.146 billion in the Senate proposal, $85 million less than the Administration’s proposed budget, but $245 million above the FY12 funding levels. 
  • Funding for the Community Development Fund under the Senate budget - $3.210 billion - is on par with the Administration’s budget - $3.143 billion. Under both budgets, funding for Community
    Development Block Grants, which falls under the Community Development Fund, remains well below the FY10 funding level of $3.99 billion, down to $3.1 billion in the Senate proposal.  
  • HOME Investment Partnership Program funding also remains significantly reduced, with the Senate proposing a funding level of $1 billion, the same as the Obama proposal. This level of funding represents a 45% reduction from the FY10 funding level of $1.825 billion.  
  • Choice Neighborhoods is funded at $120 million in the Senate budget, compared to a proposed $150 million the President’s budget. 
  • Section 202 Housing for the Elderly would receive $100 million less in the Senate budget - $375 million versus the $475 million included in the Obama proposal.
  • Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities would be funded at the same level in both the Senate and Administration budgets - $150 million, a $15 million reduction from FY12’s $165 million funding level.
  • The Sustainable Communities Initiative is funded at $50 million in the Senate budget.

Further analysis of the bill is available from the following organizations:

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition – click here for Memo to Members budget article.  Click here for NLIHC budget chart. 
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness – click here for blog post. 
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing – click here for blog post. 
  • Partnership for Sustainable Communities – click here for blog post.

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