Senate THUD Bill Contains Severe Cuts But Leaves NHTF Intact

Urge Booker and Menendez to
Work to Reverse Spending Caps

Senator Cory BookerOn June 23, 2015, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies marked up its FY16 spending bill this morning.

Not all of the details of the bill have been released, but that National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has shared the following specifics of the spending bill.

Senator Robert MenendezThe bill would:

  • Not use any National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) resources to fund other HUD housing programs, and does not restrict future NHTF funding in any way.
  • Cut HOME funding from FY15’s level of $900 million to an FY16 level of $66 million.
  • “Continue,” according a Committee press release, “assistance to all families currently served” by the public housing and housing choice voucher programs. The bill would, however, make a $132 million cut to the public housing capital fund.
  • Provide funding for 10,000 new Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers.
  • Provide $20 million for Family Unification Program vouchers.
  • Provide $40 million for strategies to reduce youth homelessness.

The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill and amendments to it on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Please take a minute today to call or email Senator Booker and Menendez’s housing staff in Washington DC:

  • Senator Robert Menendez’s office – Brian Chernoff or 202-224-4744
  • Senator Cory Booker’s office – Adam Zipkin or 202-224-3224

Request that the staffers:

  • Ask their bosses to thank their colleagues on the THUD Appropriations Committee for not raiding National Housing Trust Fund resources to backstop inadequate overall funding levels dictated by the sequester caps and
  • Ask their bosses to urge their colleagues to oppose the Senate THUD bill because it all but eliminates the HOME program, and
  • Ask their bosses to urge their colleagues to support immediately reversing the sequester spending caps.

The Budget Control Act’s sequester spending caps impose funding restrictions that make it impossible to renew project-based rental assistance contracts, existing vouchers, and other essential programs without imposing deep cuts in others. Until the sequester spending caps are removed, it will be impossible for key HUD programs to get the funds they need to effectively serve communities in need.

Click here for the NLIHC budget chart.