McKinney Increased by $160M Other Programs Slashed 35%
The House Appropriations THUD Subcommittee voted on its FY 2014 funding bill this morning. As currently drafted, the bill reduces overall FY 2014 funding for HUD programs by 35% compared to FY 2013. These funding levels would result in devastating cuts to nearly all affordable housing and community development programs.
A rare increase was for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, which were increased by $2.088 billion. This represents a nearly $160 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 spending levels. The House funding legislation notes that at least $200 million of the McKinney funding level should be designated for Emergency Solutions Grants activities, although HUD can choose to provide more than $200 million.
The House bill notes that the remainder of the $2.088 billion will go toward the Continuum of Care program. This remainder – approximately $1.8 billion – would allow communities to expand their CoC programs beyond the FY 2013 funding levels, but it will not be enough to return communities to their FY 2012 funding levels.
The THUD Subcommittee’s bill would cut the following programs:
HOME Investment Partnership Program at $700 million, a 30% cut from FY 2013
Community Development Block Grants at $1.6 billion, a 50% cut from FY 2013
Public Housing Capital Fund at $1.5 billion, a 20% cut FY 2013 funding levels
Housing for Persons with Disabilities at $126 million, a 23% cut from FY 2013
Section 4 Capacity Building at $20 million, a 43% cut from FY 2013
Housing Counseling Assistance at $35 million, a 22% cut from FY 2013
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction at $50 million, a 58% cut from FY 2013
Additionally, the proposed FY 2014 spending levels for Project-Based Rental Assistance and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance renewals would underfund each of these accounts by as much as $2 billion, and $120 million of FY 2013 funding is rescinded from the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.
Call your Representative’s office immediately and ask that s/he oppose the House Appropriations Subcommittee’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 spending bill for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee.
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