The House Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee released the text of its FY 2018 bill late last night. Overall, the bill makes numerous small cuts to many HUD programs, continuing a trend of disinvestment in already chronically underfunded programs. However, considering the low top-line level for non-defense programs proposed by the House Budget Committee, the cuts could have been significantly worse.
The full T-HUD bill received $56.5 billion, which is $1.1 billion less than the current fiscal year, but a whopping $8.6 billion above the President’s request. The cuts are evenly split between DOT and HUD.
Housing and Community Development Highlights
- Public Housing Capital Fund – $1.85 billion, $92 million less than FY 2017
- Competitive Lead-Based Paint Grants – $0, $25 million less than FY 2017
- Jobs Plus – $15 million, level funded
- Public Housing Operating Fund – $4.4 billion, level funded
- Choice Neighborhoods Initiative – $20 million, $118 less than FY 2017
- Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Renewals – $18.71 billion, $35 million higher than FY 2017
- Ongoing Administrative Fees – $1.55 billion, $90 million less than FY 2017
- Family Self-Sufficiency – $75 million, level funded
- Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance – $10.682 billion, $134 million less than FY 2017
- Community Development Block Grant – $2.9 billion, $100 million less than FY 2017
- HOME Investment Partnerships – $850 million, $100 million less than FY 2017
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS- $356 million, level funded
- Homeless Assistance Grants- $2.383 billion, level funded
The subcommittee will mark up the bill tonight at 7:00 pm EDT (sadly, that time is not a typo). You can watch what is likely to be a very quick voice vote here. The bill will move to full committee next week (where amendments will be considered), but it is unlikely to be brought to the floor of the House. The Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee could move on its THUD spending bill as early as next week.
Your advocacy efforts have worked to oppose the President’s devastating budget proposal, but your members of Congress need to continue hear from you about the impact that budget cuts have had in your community and the impact further cuts will have. August recess is just around the corner and is a perfect opportunity for you to voice those concerns- watch for NAHRO’s August Advocacy agenda coming soon.