HUD Funded $446 Million
Below Budget Request
On April 19, 2016, the U.S. Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $56.5 billion measure to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies in fiscal year 2017.
The FY2017 THUD Appropriations Act is scheduled to be considered by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
According to a U.S. Senate News Release:
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – $39.2 billion, an increase of nearly $891 million above the FY2016 enacted level and $446 million below the budget request.
- Community Planning and Development –The bill provides:
- $2.3 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants; and
- $950 million for the HOME program. If enacted, this would protect the $50 million increase in funding that HOME supporters and Congressional champions secured in the FY 2016 budget after Congress initially proposed to deeply cut–or even essentially eliminate–the program. Although the bill maintains HOME funding at current levels, the program has been cut in half in recent years, from more than $1.8 billion in FY 2010 to $950 million last year.
- Emphasis on Youth Homelessness – The bill includes provisions to expand and improve HUD delivery of housing and services for homeless youth. It provides $20 million to support more than 2,500 new family unification vouchers to prevent youth from becoming homeless after exiting foster care. An additional $40 million is included to test comprehensive efforts to end youth homelessness in urban and rural areas.
- Section 8 and Public Housing – $27.9 billion for Public and Indian Housing, $1 billion above the FY2016 enacted level and $357 million below the budget requested. This funding continues assistance to all families and individuals currently served by these programs.
- Other assisted-housing programs within the bill are funded at $11.6 billion, $351 million above the FY 2016 enacted level. This increase is needed to provide full funding for all project-based rental assistance contracts and continue assistance to all those currently served by these programs.
“Through considerable negotiation and compromise, this bipartisan bill makes important investments in our nation’s infrastructure, helps meet the housing needs of the most vulnerable among us, and provides funding for economic development projects that create jobs in our communities. This legislation assists families in need, funds grants to help reduce homelessness, increases the safety of our nation’s highways and airspace, and supports transportation infrastructure and community development projects that will help grow our economy.”
Said U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairman of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.