The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and other national organizations sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators calling for an increase to the FY13 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) 302(b) subcommittee allocation. The March 12 letter was signed by 178 national organizations representing transportation, affordable housing and community development organizations, faith-based and civil rights organizations, and private enterprise, as well as local officials.
Congressional appropriations work begins with the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations dividing the total spending amount for the fiscal year among the 12 appropriations subcommittees. This portioning is referred to as a 302(b) allocation. The subcommittee that provides funding to HUD is the THUD subcommittee.
“Although each 302(b) allocation funds valuable programs, the THUD allocation uniquely impacts the well-being of our communities by providing essential seed capital and program funding that allows public and private partners to create much-needed jobs, build transportation infrastructure, provide affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, and deliver necessary services for lasting community and family economic success,” write the organizations.
The organizations call for an increase to the allocation, noting the importance of affordable housing, community development and transportation funding to low income households and underserved communities. The THUD allocation was cut deeply in FY12.
The letter is now open for state and local organizations that wish to show their support for increasing funding for the THUD subcommittee in order to increase HUD’s prospects for additional funding in FY13. NLIHC urges state and local organizations concerned about HUD programs to sign onto the letter by March 20.
The House will continue its FY13 budget work later in March when the House Committee on the Budget is supposed to mark up a concurrent budget resolution. The House Committee is expected to introduce a budget resolution that would provide FY13 funding at an amount lower than that required by the caps set forth by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated that the Senate does not need to pass a budget resolution because the Budget Control Act of 2011 already established Congress’s budget allotment for FY13.
The budget resolution is the first step in the Congressional budget and appropriations process. After Congress passes a budget resolution, the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations can proceed with setting the 302(b) allocations for the 12 appropriations subcommittees. The subcommittees can then start crafting their appropriations bills. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) subcommittees are already holding hearings on the FY13 budget (see article below).
CHCDF is a campaign of more than 70 national organizations concerned about funding for affordable housing and community development programs and is staffed by NLIHC.
The national letter is attached to this page.