On May 18, HUD sent an email to PHA Executive Directors informing them of some of the potential effects on HUD Public and Indian Housing programs related to the rescission package proposed by the President. Rescissions are a method by which a President can propose canceling some previously appropriated spending amounts. The President’s package of rescissions has been submitted to Congress. Congress has 45 days to act on the submission and pass it through legislation. If after 45 days, Congress does not pass the rescission package, then the funds will become available for HUD to spend. The rescission package impacts programs from across the federal government, including 2015 – 2017 unobligated balances in the Public Housing Capital Fund.
If Congress does not act on the package (both the House and Senate need to pass it with a simple majority vote), then the effects of the package will be minimal. During the 45 day period, where Congress has the opportunity to pass it, the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Jobs Plus and the FY 2015 – 2017 Emergency Disaster grant awards will be on hold. The rescission has no impact on funds HUD has already awarded to PHAs, including the FY 2017 Capital Fund awards made last year.
If the rescission package is passed, then the following programs will be impacted by the amounts listed below.
- Modernization Grants – $15,915,042
- Emergency Disaster Grants – $3,697,949
- Safety and Security Grants – $618,513
- Financial & Physical Assessments – $13,152
- ROSS Grants – $930,206
- Jobs Plus Grants – $15,602,447
- Receiverships – $1,717,970
- Technical Assistance – $439,236
- Total Proposed HUD Rescission – $38,934,515
NAHRO will continue to provide further updates as new information becomes available.
HUD’s full letter can be found here.