On August 1, 2018, the U.S. Senate voted on its Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation-HUD (THUD) spending bill that provides over $1.8 billion in new resources to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development programs. The bill rejects the President’s proposal that would have allowed the HUD Secretary the power to adjust tenant’s rent from 30% adjusted income to 35% gross income; to increase minimum monthly rental income to $150; to remove childcare and medical expenses income deduction; and to impose work requirements on tenants receiving housing assistance.
The Senate bill funds HUD at over $1 billion more than the House bill, and over $12 billion more than President Trump’s proposed budget. Features of the bill include:
- $22.78 billion for the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance with $20.53 billion to renew existing Housing Choice Vouchers.
- $2.775 billion to renew Project-Based Rental Assistance programs for FY19.
- $2.612 billion for homelessness assistance programs and $25 million to provide rapid rehousing to survivors of domestic violence.
- $3.6 million to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
- $40 million for new HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers.
- $154 million for Section 811 mainstream vouchers, a drop of $351 million from FY18.
- $20 million for new Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers
Click here to read the full budget chart.
Click here to read the National Low-Income Housing Coalition analysis of the Senate appropriation bill.
Click here to read the National Low-Income Housing Coalition analysis of the House appropriation bill.