House Releases details of HUD’s 2008 Budget

Details of the Omnibus Bill have been released. Many of the reductions proposed by the President in HUD’s Budget have been restored. To review NLIHC’s budget breakdown by category click here. This bill still needs to be approved by both the House and Senate and signed by the President.

McKinney-Vento remained at $1,586,000 up ten per cent over 2007’s funding level.

In addition, improvements included: 14,300 new vouchers will be provided to vulnerable populations, including 7,500 for Veterans Administration Supportive Housing ($75 million), 4,000 for non-elderly,disabled individuals and families ($30 million), and 2,800 for the Family Unification Program so that children will not be separated from parents ($20 million).

In addition, Housing for the Disabled: $237 million, rejecting the President’s proposal to cut the program by $112 million, maintaining last year’s level for grants to finance housing for disabled people.

The following are the details from the House Appropriations Committee web site.

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: $37.6 billion, $1.4 billion above 2007 and $2 billion
more than the President’s request.

Section 8 Tenant Based Vouchers: $16.4 billion, $499 million above 2007 and $433 million above the

President’s request, to renew approximately 1.9 million vouchers currently in use. The President’s request would force between 40,000 and 80,000 families and individuals to lose their housing vouchers.

Section 8 Project Based Vouchers: $6.4 billion, $405 million above 2007 and $568 million above the President’s request, to provide affordable housing to 1.3 million low-income families and individuals.

Public Housing Operating Fund: $4.2 billion, $336 million above 2007 and $200 million above the President’s request, for administration of public housing, including routine maintenance, anti-crime activities and energy costs. This is still $800 million below the amount HUD and Public Housing Authorities have determined is necessary for 2008.

Community Development Block Grants: $3.6 billion, $117 million below 2007, but rejecting the President’s plan to cut the program by $822 million, to fund community and economic development projects in 1,180 localities.

Foreclosure Mitigation Assistance: $180 million for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation to address the subprime mortgage crisis. Counseling intermediaries will assist thousands of borrowers with mortgage modification and restructuring to help preserves their homes.

Housing for Special Populations: 14,300 new vouchers will be provided to vulnerable populations,including 7,500 for Veterans Administration Supportive Housing ($75 million), 4,000 for non-elderly,disabled individuals and families ($30 million), and 2,800 for the Family Unification Program so that children will not be separated from parents ($20 million).

Housing for the Elderly: $735 million, rejecting the President’s proposed 28% cut, for the acquisition, rehabilitation or construction of housing for low-income elderly people. Ten eligible seniors are on the waiting list for every one unit of housing available.

HOPE VI: $100 million, $1 million above 2007, rejecting the President’s proposal to eliminate the program and rescind last year’s funds for competitive grants to revitalize neighborhoods by replacing outdated public housing with new mixed-income housing.

Housing for the Disabled: $237 million, rejecting the President’s proposal to cut the program by $112 million, maintaining last year’s level for grants to finance housing for disabled people.

Brownfields Redevelopment: $10 million, the same as 2007, rejecting the President’s plan to eliminate efforts for evaluation and cleanup of former commercial and industrial sites.

Lead Hazard Reduction: $145 million, $29 million over the President’s budget request, to protect children against hazards such as lead paint and mold.