House Releases FY2020 Spending Bill with Robust Increases for Affordable Housing
A draft of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bill was released on May 22. As Monarch Housing works with over 25 partner organizations across the state to plan for this year’s Congressional Reception, the spending bill is very relevant to the policy priorities of the Congressional Reception.
- Strives to ensure equal access to the LGBTQ community and to mixed- status immigrant families. The bill proposes the suspension of Trump’s plan to reduce the LGBTQ community’s protection rights by installing single-sex facilities for everyone’s gender identity; and
- Prevents mixed-status immigrant families from being evicted from assisted housing.
- Housing & Services – McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – Support a $217 million increase to $2.6 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program
- Medicaid – Oppose any replacement of the Affordable Care Act that eliminates Medicaid expansion which plays in ensuring people experiencing homelessness receive critical healthcare services
- Housing – Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers – Protect and expand the voucher program to help connect families to areas of opportunity with access to good schools, well-paying jobs, healthcare, and transit
- Fair Housing – Increase funding to ensure effective fair housing enforcement and provide the necessary resources to assist jurisdictions comply with the Fair Housing Act, including their duty to affirmatively further fair housing
- Housing Development – Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit/LIHTC) – Expand and improve the Housing Credit to better target resources to households with the greatest needs and to increase the availability of safe and affordable housing AND National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) – Include a $5 billion expansion of the national Housing Trust Fund in an infrastructure package, $3.5 billion dedicated to comprehensive housing finance reform