Advocacy Needed on T-HUD Bill

Senate on Recess Until Nov 1

HUDAs an update to our October 17, 2011 post, the Senate did not get to a vote on the FY12 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill, S. 1596, before going on recess at the end of last week. Click here for our last most recent post for more information and details including how to contact your Senators.

But you can use this recess to be in touch with your Senators and ask them to be in support of key programs that are needed now.

  • The T-HUD bill would not provide enough funding to maintain all tenant based vouchers in use and to renew all project based rental assistance contacts.
  • It would cut HUD funding by 10% below the FY 11 level.
  • HOME and CDBG are not adequately funded and there would not be enough funding to implement HEARTH.

On conference calls last week, senior HUD staff and advocates working on the national level outlined the critical need to support the highest possible budget for HUD. Click here to read the Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) from the President’s Office of Management and Budget. These are the administrative priorities but HUD clarified that it is working on everything in the budget.

And click here to find a list of accomplishments that HUD has shared.

On another, related note, as an update to our October 13 post, “Section 8 Reform Draft Released,” the Section 8 reform bill will be marked up next month in the Housing Subcommittee. Click here to read the previous post.