Congress completed its FY14 appropriations work on January 16 when the Senate passed the omnibus appropriations package, H.R. 3547, by a vote of 72 to 26. The House passed the bill on January 15 by a vote of 359 to 67. The President signed the bill into law on January 17 before the Continuing Resolution funding the government expired.
The FY14 omnibus bill provides $1.1 trillion in FY14 spending, consistent with the spending cap set by the Bipartisan Budget Act passed in December. Funding for the major rental assistance programs is expected to keep all current tenants housed. However, the bill does not restore vouchers lost through sequestration, does not provide sufficient funding for HUD to issue full-year project-based contracts, and does not fully fund public housing operations. The bill increased the amount of funding allocated to USDA’s Rural Development activities, including for the Rural Rental Assistance program. For a more detailed explanation of the two housing bills, see NLIHC’s January 16 Memo to Members Special Edition: Summary of FY14 HUD and USDA in Omnibus.
The House the Senate recessed for the Martin Luther King holiday week after passing their bills. The two chambers will return the week of January 27 and can start work on federal funding for FY15. The Administration is currently working on its FY15 budget request to Congress, which the President is expected to submit later in February. The President is required to submit his budget request to Congress by the first Monday in February, but for the last two fiscal years the request was submitted after the deadline.
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) sent a letter regarding FY15 HUD funding to the Office of Management and Budget Director, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, and to HUD Secretary, Shaun Donovan. “It is important that the FY15 budget recognizes the critical role that HUD plays, and the need for HUD to play an even greater role, in alleviating hardship and achieving economic stability and advancement for low and moderate income households as well as saving the federal government money in other areas. HUD’s programs are crucial to maintaining and increasing the supply of affordable housing and spurring private investment through community revitalization efforts,” wrote the 37 organizational signers. CHCDF is coalition of national organizations concerned about funding for HUD programs that is coordinated by NLIHC.
Read NLIHC’s January 16 Memo to Members Special Edition: Summary of FY14 HUD and USDA in Omnibus at: http://nlihc.org/article/summary-fy14-hud-and-usda-omnibus
Correction: In the 1/16 special edition of Memo, NLIHC reported that the $15 million provided for the Jobs Plus Pilot would be set-aside from the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program. The Jobs Plus Pilot would receive $15 million in funding from the Public Housing Capital Fund, not from the ROSS program. The ROSS program would receive $45 million, as reported, and the HUD Secretary would be allowed to set aside additional funding from the ROSS program for service provision in the Jobs Plus Pilot.
View the CHCDF letter at: http://bit.ly/1frVXak