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House Marks Up HUD Funding Bill

McKinney funding too low
to cover all renewals

House Marks Up HUD Funding BillOn Thursday, June 7, 2012, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) approved its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The legislation provides $2 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

While this level is nearly $100 million above the FY 2012 level, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) estimates it would not be sufficient to fund all Continuum of Care (CoC) renewals and maintain the existing level of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) activities. What would no new McKinney funding mean for NJ?

As a result, the Alliance estimates that more than 25,000 people would be homeless instead of housed if this proposal is enacted into law. The proposed level of $2 billion is approximately $230 million below the amount requested by the President in his FY 2013 Budget Proposal and is nearly $150 million below the amount proposed by the Senate.

In addition, the bill maintains level or provides increased funding for a number of other key affordable housing and homeless assistance programs, including:

  • $19.1 billion for Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, including $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD – Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers;
  • $3.3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), nearly $400 million above the FY 2012 level;
  • $1.2 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership Program, $200 million above the FY 2012 level; and
  • $4.5 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of over $560 million above the FY 2012 level.

The full House Appropriations Committee will vote on tis recommendation as soon as next week. The Senate Appropriations Committee has already approved its version of the legislation, which included $2.146 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.

Please click here for more information on the House bill.

by Kate M. Kelly

Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts. To read more about Kate and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Ms. Kelly an email.

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