Urge NJ’s Lawmakers in DC to Finalize 2019 Spending Legislation and Ensure HUD’s Housing & Community Development Appropriations Funding
Last week, President Trump signed a two-week extension to the ongoing Continuing Resolution (CR), providing funding for HUD and other agencies whose fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending authority has yet to be finalized. The House and Senate both passed the CR by a unanimous vote.
The CR, which pushed the expiration of government funding from December 7 to December 21, provides short-term funding for critical government agencies, including HUD, USDA and Treasury.
Despite the extension of short-term funding, federal agencies operating under the CR will have to continue to make contingency plans for a potential shutdown later this month, as it is still unclear if lawmakers and the White House will be able to agree on a spending package due to controversial negotiations around funding for border security.
Lawmakers have floated the idea of a year-long CR through September 30, 2019 instead of passing the remaining full-year spending bills that have largely been negotiated and agreed to. A CR carries forward funding levels from the previous year.
Monarch Housing Associates joins Enterprise Community Partners and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in urging lawmakers to work towards finalizing FY 2019 spending legislation over the next two weeks. The finalization of the FY 2019 spending legislation would ensure that the federal government’s housing and community development programs receive their full-year appropriations as soon as possible.
Congress has failed to enact several federal spending bills for FY19, including those that fund affordable housing and community development programs. The main issue preventing lawmakers from reaching a year-long spending deal is President Donald Trump’s insistence that any agreement includes $5 billion for a southern border wall, which Democrats strongly oppose.
A year-long CR would cause thousands of families to lose access to stable housing. For FY19, HUD needs approximately $1.3 billion more funding to maintain current program levels and renew existing housing assistance contracts.
A year-long CR at FY18 levels would result in deep cuts to critical housing programs that could cause thousands of families and children to lose access to stable housing, putting them at increased risk of homelessness.
A year-long CR would also put other vital investments in affordable housing at risk. Both the House and Senate proposed bills for HUD that would increase resources to help provide affordable, stable, and accessible housing for more seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and people experiencing homelessness.
Urge NJ’s Lawmakers in DC to Finalize 2019 Spending Legislation
Call New Jersey’s elected officials in Washington and urge them to enact clean, full-year FY19 spending bills for HUD.
As further background, a December 3 Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) webinar on the current status and outlook for FY19 and FY20 HUD funding for affordable housing and community development programs can be found here.
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