At this stage in the FY 2014 funding process, the full House and Senate Appropriations Committees have both released and voted on their FY 2014 funding legislation for HUD programs.
While the House has no plans as of yet to move the HUD funding bill to the floor, the Senate is taking a big step in advancing the legislation – it will be the first FY 2014 funding bill to go to the Senate floor.
Bipartisan passage of this legislation would put the Senate in a strong negotiating position when Appropriators in the House and Senate compromise on final legislation. We need to tell our Senators to support this legislation!
This is the differences between the Senate and House bills:
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance – $19.6 B in the Senate and $18.6 B in the House;
Project-Based Rental Assistance – $10.8 B in the Senate and $9.5B in the House;
Community Development Block Grants – $3.2 B in the Senate and $1.6 B in the House:
HOME Investment Partnership Program – $1 B in the Senate and $700 M in the House:
Section 4 Capacity Building Program – $35 M in the Senate and $20 M in the House;
Homeless Assistance Grants – $2.3 B in the Senate and $2.1 B in the House;
Public Housing Capital Fund – $2 B in the Senate and $1.5 B in the House: and
Public Housing Operating Fund – $4.6 B in the Senate and $4.3 B in the House.
Here’s What You Can Do:
Call your Senators’ offices THIS WEEK. Click here for housing staffers for NJ’s Senators.
Tell them to have their boss support the HUD funding bill on the Senate Floor!
Urge them to make a statement during debate on the Senate floor in support of the need to provide sufficient funding for HUD’s low-income housing and homelessness programs.
HUD and staff on the Appropriations Committee have told us how critical it will be to get strong support for this legislation to ensure its passage. Please take a moment this week to reach out to your senators’ offices and let them know how crucial sufficient funding is for HUD programs.