House Passes THUD Bill
NJ Congressman Vote 6-5 in Favor
Both the House and Senate have taken one step closer to finalizing a FY2015 HUD spending bill. The full House Appropriations Committee considered the FY2015 THUD Appropriations bill right before the Memorial Day recess and the Senate’s full Appropriations Committee passed their version of the bill on June 5, 2014.
The House passed their version of the FY15 THUD bill on June 10, 2014 with a vote of 229 to 192. NJ’s members of Congress voted 6-5 on a party line vote in favor of the THUD budget.
The Senate bill provides $369 million over the FY2014 funding level for HUD, but $853 million less than the President’s request. The House provides $740 million less for HUD than was appropriated in FY2014.
Click here for chart showing the difference in funding levels for key HUD programs that are used to create and maintain supportive housing.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) has urged the Senate THUD subcommittee to include language that would improve coordination between HUD, HHS and other federal agencies to identify homeless individuals who have high utilization rates for emergency and other public services, and share strategies for combining affordable housing with health and social support services to improve both housing and health outcomes for these individuals. Sens. Collins (R-ME) and Murray (D-WA) included this language in their bill, recognizing the value of evidence-based practices and cost-savings potential of coordinating federal resources.
The Senate THUD bill included increases in the Housing Choice Voucher and Homelessness Assistance Grant programs. While these increases are critical to keeping the existing number of vouchers in circulation and existing programs that serve the homelessness running, they do not increase the number of households and individuals that can be served by these programs.