The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations was scheduled to mark up its subcommittee bill on July 14, but cancelled the markup just days before. The markup has now been postponed until September at the earliest. The Subcommittee’s allocation of $47.7 billion was 14% lower than the FY11 T-HUD appropriated amount. In order to craft a bill within that spending cap, the subcommittee would have had to dramatically decrease or eliminate funding for numerous programs.
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), of which NLIHC is a member, sent a letter to the T-HUD Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member on July 15. Signed by 33 national organizations, the letter states, “[we] recognize the fiscal pressures on your committee, but slashing housing and community development programs that serve vulnerable families will not solve our long-term fiscal problems…. Therefore, CHCDF members urge the Committee to abide by the principle that low income families and individuals should not be made worse off by spending reductions; this includes ensuring that low income households do not experience increased housing or other cost burdens from spending cuts.”
View the CHCDF T-HUD letter: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/CHCDF_THUD_Letter_7-18-11.pdf