The Next Two Weeks Is Critical!
Call your Members of Congress today at 202-224-3121. Or, find contact information for their offices by visiting NAHRO's advocacy website - just enter your zipcode.
In Minnesota, Betty McCollum is the only member of our delegation who sits on the Appropriations Committee.
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Funding levels for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs could be determined by the end of the year. Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you! Though we didn’t quite get to the Senate’s funding level of $1.058 trillion, the $1.012 trillion level is a HUGE win. This is a testament to the hard work that many of you did to educate your members of Congress about the harmful impact another year at $986 billion would have on your communities.
Additionally, Rep. Ryan and Sen. Murray provided us with an incredible gift of a two year budget deal. This means that we have an outside shot at seeing a regular appropriations cycle in FY15. Does this mean our work is over for FY14? Unfortunately not!
Timing - The Next Two Weeks Is Critical! Though we know that Non-defense Descretionary (NDD) programs will see an additional $22 billion this year, Appropriators now go back to the drawing board to determine funding levels for each bill, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD). Final funding decisions have not been made but we expect these decisions to be made quickly. Please contact your legislators and urge appropriators to provide HUD funding levels at least as high as those in the Senate bill, if not higher.
The ASK - Call or Email Your Congress Member & Senators Before Christmas. Call your Members of Congress and ask them to urge the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to adequately fund HUD programs by providing:
- $17.7 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance voucher renewals, restoring vouchers lost due to sequestration and preventing further voucher loss.
- At least $2.26 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, preventing stable households from losing their housing.
- $5.15 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund and $3.75 billion for the Capital Fund, to protect the 1.1 million public housing units.
- $11.3 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, the amount required to fully fund contracts for 12 months in FY14 according to HUD. Underfunding these contracts for another year could result in the loss of units.
- $1.6 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships program, to create new affordable units.
To view a chart comparing FY14 funding levels proposed earlier this year by the House and Senate, click here.
A Few Details on the Agreement
The agreement provides approximately $1.012 trillion in FY14 and $1.014 trillion in FY15, which includes a replacement for approximately 50% of required sequestration cuts in FY14 and 25% of sequestration cuts in FY15. This will translate into about $22.4 billion in additional funding for non-defense discretionary programs in FY14 and $9.07 billion for NDD programs in FY15. In all, this is an $85 billion deal split evenly between defense and non-defense programs, offset primarily by an increase to airline ticket fees and larger contributions from federal employees to their pensions.
Last week, the Budget Conference Committee reached this agreement on federal spending, avoiding another government shutdown. The House voted to adopt the agreement this weekend and the Senate appears to be on the verge doing so as well. Now Congress must finalize FY14 appropriations for housing programs based on this agreement.