While the February budget agreement increased overall spending limits, the letter acknowledges the significant efforts made by the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) to ensure HUD received its fair share.
This success stems from these members’ commitment to affordable housing and community development as well as the tireless efforts of advocates over the past year.
“We are hopeful that the Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act 2018 represents a turning point for HUD’s critical housing and community development programs and look forward to working with you toward a strong fiscal year 2019 HUD funding bill,” the letter states.
CHCDF is a National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) -led coalition of more than 70 national organizations that work to ensure the highest allocation of resources possible to support affordable housing and community development. Members represent a full continuum of national housing and community development organizations, including faith-based, private sector, financial/intermediary, public sector, and other advocacy groups.
The 10% funding increase in HUD funding for FY18 included:
A $130 million increase to Homeless Assistance Grants. In addition to continuing existing efforts, the funding will allow an additional 20,000 to 25,000 people to move from homelessness to housing.
The largest investment in new affordable rental housing for people with disabilities in years, including $385 million for Section 811 Mainstream vouchers and $82.6 million for new Section 811 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PRA). This will produce as many as 45,000 new units housing for non-elderly people with disabilities.
A significant increase to the HOME program after years of cuts and insufficient funding. The $412 million increase to HOME will allow for new homes through rehabilitation, new construction, and acquisition and provide tenant-based rental assistance to families with low incomes.
Increased funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program to renew all existing tenant-based rental assistance and provide new, targeted vouchers for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program (approximately 5100 new vouchers) and the Family Unification Program (approximately 2500 vouchers).
A $300 million increase to Community Development Block Grants, which flexibly provide state and local governments the ability to respond to community development needs and opportunities.