On March 21, 1,724 organizations sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators, calling on them to increase the FY13 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) 302(b) subcommittee allocation. The letter was signed by local, state and national organizations representing every state in the U.S.
Congressional appropriations work begins with the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations dividing the total spending amount for the fiscal year among the 12 appropriations subcommittees. This portioning is referred to as a 302(b) allocation. The subcommittee that determines funding for HUD programs is the THUD subcommittee.
“It is our view that Congress’s difficult task of achieving long-term economic recovery requires funding programs with high rates of social and economic return, including those in the THUD bill. Merely sustaining the FY 2012 THUD 302(b) allocation level would generate little overall savings for the federal government and would have harmful consequences at the local level. Each undersigned organization recognizes that to build the kinds of stable communities that families of all income levels can call home, no single aspect of the THUD budget can be ignored,” write the organizations.
The letter was organized by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and other organizations. CHCDF is a campaign of more than 70 national organizations concerned about funding for affordable housing and community development programs and is staffed by NLIHC.
The letter is attached to this article.