Full Committee Vote on Funding for Ending Homelessness and Creating Affordable Housing Scheduled for May 23
On May 16, 2018, the House Appropriations Transportation-HUD (THUD) Subcommittee voted to approve its FY19 affordable homes and ending homelessness spending bill. The bill will be voted on by the full House Appropriations at on May 23, 2018. At this time, additional amendments could be submitted.
The bill would maintain the 10% increase in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding secured in FY18. This would be a direct rejection of President Trump’s call to drastically cut housing investments. His request in the FY19 spending bill called for $11 billion less than this bill proposes.
The bill rejects other harmful requirements that Trump suggested. These requirements include rent increases, strict work requirements, and de-facto time limits, all which would make housing even more difficult to acquire.
The funding in this proposed bill is a reflection of a bipartisan budget agreement from earlier this year. This agreement aimed to lift the low spending caps on defense and domestic concerns and promote affordable housing and community development.
Many are to thank for championing this bill, including House Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ranking Member David Price (D-NC). These representatives highlighted the importance of housing benefits and included specific spending provisions.
Although there has been an increase in resources and funding available to HUD, it is likely there will not be enough funds to renew all previously existing contracts through Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Assistance. Price stated that he and Chair Diaz-Balart “may need to revisit those levels once they receive the most updated reports on those programs.”
On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception. You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign. Follow the event with these hashtags #NJHillDay #NoHousingCuts and @OppStartsatHome.