HUD Spending Bill Heads to the House Floor
On May 23, 2018, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY19 HUD spending bill for affordable housing and community development programs. It was passed by a 34-17 vote.
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen voted in favor of the bill.
The bill maintains the 10% increase in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding that was secured in the FY18 budget. This maintaining of funds directly rejects President Trump’s call to drastically cut housing investments. His request in the FY19 spending bill called for $11 billion less in funding than the House Appropriations Bill proposes.
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.
The bill provides $43.6 billion in net discretionary funding for HUD, $941 million above FY 2018 enacted levels.
- $3.365 billion for the Community Development Block Grant Program,
- $1.2 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and
- $22.476 billion in Section 8 Housing Vouchers.
Ranking Member David Price (D-NC) and Subcommittee Chair Mario Diaz-Balart, stressed the importance of housing assistance for low-income families and helped introduce several provisions to maximize spending.
Among amendments offered by House Democrats.
U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) offered an amendment to prevent HUD from implementing Trump’s proposal to increase rents and impose work requirements. It was withdrawn, so it was not voted on.
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.