On October 12, the White House and HUD convened dozens of housing and community development stakeholders from 28 states to discuss HUD’s FY12 budget and the American Jobs Act. The participants heard from HUD Secretary Shaun Donavan and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, as well as several other White House officials and HUD Assistant Secretaries.
Despite the defeat of President’s Jobs package in the Senate the evening before the convening, the Administration is intent on advancing the elements of the bill, individually or in smaller packages, although no specific strategy for doing so was presented.
Secretary Donovan said that there is a possibility that more funding for FY12 will be identified and urged advocates to stay together to support the entire HUD budget and not break up based on parochial interests. He laid out his priorities for the FY12 negotiations: housing counseling funding of at least $60 million; public housing capital funds of at least $2 billion; inclusion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration for 60,000 public housing units; voucher renewals to avoid increased homelessness; increased McKinney funding to allow for implementation of the HEARTH Act; sufficient funding for the Section 202 and Section 811 programs to allow for new construction; increased funding for block grants; Choice Neighborhoods and Sustainable Communities funding; and, inclusion of the savings achieved from various reforms of the Section 8 voucher reform bills.
View NLIHC’s budget chart: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/FY10_11_12_Budget_Chart_Comparisons.pdf