Support HUD Funding for Affordable Housing in FY17 and FY18

White House Urging Congress to Cut $1.7 Billion in HUD Funding in FY 2017 with Deadlines to Support FY 2018 Funding Fast Approaching

The White House is urging Congress to cut $18 billion from non-defense (NDD) programs in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 spending bill.

This funding cut includes a $1.7 billion cut to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) This cut offsets increases to defense spending and the expense of starting to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Recently, the White House sent a proposal to Congress, identifying specific programs for elimination or significant funding cuts.

The White House proposes to zero out:

  • HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods grants,
  • Cut the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in half, and
  • eliminate the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) and NeighborWorks grants.

Congress has until Friday, April 28, 2017 to enact its FY 2017 spending bills before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires. Although many lawmakers say this proposal was offered too late in the budget process, it could derail efforts to enact final FY 2017 spending bills and may lead to a government shutdown.

Members of Congress are circulating “Dear Colleague” sign-on letters in support of HUD. These letters advocate for specific HUD programs and, in many cases, request funding levels for FY18 appropriations.

Please join Monarch Housing Associates in contacting your members of Congress and asking that they sign onto these letters to show your support for HUD programs. Click here for a list of housing staffers in the House offices who you can email or call about the letters below. Please be sure to thank specific members for their past support.

In 2016, the following members signed onto the following letters supporting HUD funding.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has compiled a comprehensive list of letters currently circulating. Information for each letter includes the office leading the letter, the funding amount (if specified), the deadline for signing on, and the point of contact your lawmakers should reach out to when joining the letter.

Housing Choice Vouchers/Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants

Housing for Vulnerable Populations

  • Click here for the House letter
  • Office: Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
  • Funding amount: Full funding for Public Housing Operating Account, $5 billion for Public Housing Capital Fund, full funding for Housing Choice Vouchers, full funding to renew all Project-Based Rental Assistance contracts, full funding for Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly and an additional $25 million to fund new units, and full funding for Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities and an additional $25 million to fund new units.
  • Point of Contact: Alia Fierro (Waters), or Jennifer Shapiro (Cleaver)
  • Deadline: March 31

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

NJ Congressional Contact Information

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