Once the President’s budget is received, Congressional appropriators will start to craft their FY15 bills. The first step is divide the total spending amount for the fiscal year among the twelve appropriations subcommittees, resulting in what is called the 302(b) allocations. However, even before it gets its 302(b) spending level, the House Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee is expected to hold a hearing on HUD’s budget request during the week of March 10, with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testifying.
More than 1,350 organizations have already joined an organizational sign-on letter to House and Senate appropriators that calls for an increase in the FY15 THUD 302(b) subcommittee allocation. The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), a coalition of national organizations staffed by NLIHC, and other national housing and transportation organizations, circulated a similar letter in 2013 that was signed by more than 2,400 organizations. NLIHC urges organizations to sign and to share the FY15 letter with their networks by the sign-on deadline of March 12.
The urgency of increased funding for HUD programs is highlighted in a new analysis that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released on February 26. CBPP projects that due to sequestration cuts, 70,000 fewer vouchers were in use as of December 2013 compared to December 2012. The analysis includes state-by-state voucher use data and an interactive map.
View the 302(b) letter: http://bit.ly/1gAmxvP
Sign the letter: https://nlihc.wufoo.com/forms/thud-302b-signon-letter/
View the FAQ on the 302(b) letter: http://bit.ly/1jMmWvW
View the CBPP blog: http://bit.ly/1pua29h