The funding bill could make permanent the loss of 70,000 vouchers nationwide due to the sequester and delay the progress being made across the country in ending homelessness. (See Figure 1.)
The bill, which the House Appropriations Committee approved on May 21, would provide $19.4 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers in 2015, including $17.7 billion to renew housing vouchers in use in 2014. The latter is an increase of $328 million above 2014 renewal funding, but $313 million less than the amount that the President requested in his 2015 budget.
“the House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2015 funding bill this week for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that makes disproportionately deep cuts in housing assistance for low-income families. The Committee’s Transportation-HUD funding bill contains funding cuts for HUD’s low-income housing assistance programs that are twice as deep, in percentage terms, as the overall funding reduction for non-defense discretionary programs that’s required under the Budget Control Act caps.”