The bill would fund the Section 521 Rental Assistance program at $890 million, a $65 million cut below the FY11 funding level. The Subcommittee followed the direction of the President’s FY12 request of $907 million for this program, which is lower than both the FY11 and FY10 funding levels.
The bill would also cut the Section 515 Rental Housing program by $11 billion below the FY11 funding level and $37 billion below the President’s FY12 request. The Committee-passed bill would provide only $59 million for the program, an amount that advocates believe will result in extremely low income households losing their homes.
Several Democratic members of the Committee spoke against the 13% across the board cut proposed in the bill. These representatives focused on the impact that the bill would have on the financial viability of family-owned farms and on the nutrition of pregnant women, mothers and their children served by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
The Committee approved the bill with several amendments by a voice vote.
View the Committee’s summary of the bill and adopted amendments: http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=318