Unlike the House’s version, which was a “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR) that funded all federal programs (other than programs within the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense) at FY 2012 levels, the Senate includes various “anomalies,” which are variations within the CR.
Fortunately, the Senate’s legislation included the following key anomalies for HUD programs:
The bill includes a $128 million increase in funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants to reduce the impact of reductions to housing, shelter, and prevention programs, bringing the program total to $2.033 billion. By the Alliance’s estimation, once the sequestration cuts of 5% are in place, this would result in an overall cut of approximately 12.6% to the Emergency Solutions Grant Program and an 8.6% cut to the Continuum of Care programs in the FY 2013 NOFA.
It also includes an increase in funding for administration and oversight of the Section 8 TBRA program. It also provides HUD with additional flexibility to ensure that tenants don’t lose their housing assistance.
Finally, it increases funding for the public housing operating fund to help make up for the one-time reduction in FY 2012.
While we are certainly grateful that these programs received increased funding in the Senate’s version, we must work to ensure that the House, which included no anomalies, agrees to these changes in the final version of the legislation.
Congress is moving fast on finalizing this legislation and we need to make sure we impact the process as early as possible.
Click here for the full details of the Senate legislation.
Here’s What You Can Do:
Call you Members of Congress this week, especially if they sit on the Senate or House Appropriations Committee. Try to speak directly with the person who works on housing issues in the office. Click here for a listing of housing staffers, phone numbers and emails for New Jersey’s Congressional offices.
Tell them that the final FY 2013 legislation must include as much funding as possible for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. You can use these talking points to help you make your case. Make sure to discuss the negative impact a nearly 9% cut in funding would have in your community.