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Senate and House Bills Far Apart in Proposed FY14 Funding for Housing Programs

 

The Senate Appropriations Committee released the FY14 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations (THUD) bill on June 27.

According to a release from the National Alliance to End Homelessness http://www.endhomelessness.org/  the bill includes the following housing/homelessness related funding provisions:

  • $2.26 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, a $331 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $121 million below the President's Budget Proposal; This allocation includes $336 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant program to prevent families from becoming homeless or to rapidly re-house those experiencing homelessness;
  • $19.6 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Tenant Based Rental Assistance account, a $1.942 billion increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $396 million below the President's Budget Proposal; $75 million of which is designated toward funding 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers for homeless veterans, meeting the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • $10.8 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) account for the renewal of project-based contracts, a $1.949 billion increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $522 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $6.6 billion for Public Housing, a $769 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $61 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $3.15 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a $355 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $366 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $1 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, a $52 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $55 million above the President's Budget Proposal.

The House Appropriates Committee also marked up its FY14 THUD bill on June 27. Unfortunately the House and Senate bills differ on a number of provisions and will need to be reconciled before moving forward.

Below are the housing and homelessness related provisions in the House bill according to the NAEH release:

  • $2.088 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program, a nearly $160 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $293 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $18.611 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Tenant Based Rental Assistance account, a $100 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 levels but $800 million below the President's Budget Proposal; The Section 8 allocation also includes $75 million for about 10,000 new joint Departments of HUD and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, matching the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • $5.762 billion for public housing, a$69 million decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $838 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $1.637 billion for the Community Development Block Grants, a $1.158 billion decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $1.161 billion below the President's Budget Proposal; and
  • $700 million for HOME, a $248 million decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $248 million below the President's Budget Proposal.

Click here for a summary of the Senate FY14 THUD Full Committee Markup. 

Click here to view the draft of the House legislation. 

 
 

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