Hill Update: Housing Assistance at Risk
As we reported last week, a continuing resolution (CR), keeping federal programs funded for the first ten weeks of FY15 at FY14 levels, passed the House and Senate on September 17 and 18, 2014 respectively.
The CR, which funds federal programs until December 11, 2014 passed the House by a vote of 319 to 108, with 143 Democrats joining 176 Republicans to vote in favor of the measure, H.J. Res. 124. The CR passed the Senate by a vote of 78 to 22, with 33 Republicans joining most Democrats in support.
NJ voted along party lines with all six Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats except Congressman Holt, who did not vote, voting no. Both Senators Booker and Menendez voted in favor.
Congress will return after the November elections to determine the fate of the FY15 appropriations process. Congress was unable to enact any of the twelve appropriations bills prior to leaving town to campaign, almost two weeks ahead of the October 1 start of the new fiscal year.
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding, a coalition of more than 70 national organizations committed to the highest possible funding for housing and community development programs, sent House and Senate leadership and appropriators a letter urging them to pass an FY15 HUD appropriations bill when they return and not revert to a long-term or year-long CR for FY15.
“Funding HUD’s housing programs at FY14 levels could force cutbacks in assistance in the near future, given increasing rents and stagnating incomes for the poorest households,” the letter said.
Click here for the CHCDF letter.