On Friday, February 15, Congress approved an omnibus spending package that finalizes spending for FY 2019, including a robust Transportation-HUD (THUD) bill. The deal ends the possibility of another government shutdown during the current fiscal year.
Highlights from the bills include the following:
- $4.653 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund. NAHRO estimates that this represents a 96 percent proration.
- $2.775 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund – an increase of $25 million from FY 2018.
- $20.313 billion for HAP renewals for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. At this time, NAHRO estimates that this represents a 99 percent proration.
- $1.856 billion for ongoing administrative fees for the HCV program. At this time, NAHRO believes that this represents an 82 to 83 percent proration.
- A voluntary Mobility Demonstration program, funded at $25 million, is also included in the bill.
- $3.3 billion has been allocated for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
- $1.250 billion has been allocated for the HOME Investment Partnerships program.
Your voice was critical during this process; since the mid-term election in November, NAHRO members sent nearly 8,200 messages to Congress urging them to pass a finalized FY 2019 THUD bill. During the shutdown, your stories and letters to Congress made the difference in reopening the government; pressure put on Congress and the Administration, particularly in the media, about its impact had on rental assistance programs was cited as a reason why lawmakers moved to end the shutdown.
The Public Housing in-depth analysis can be found here.
The Section 8 in-depth analysis can be found here. The Community
Revitalization and Development in-depth analysis can be found here.