NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley has sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Chairs and Ranking Members urging them to increase the allocation for HUD programs in the final FY12 T-HUD appropriations bill.
The House T-HUD subcommittee marked up its bill on September 8 and cut many HUD programs (see Memo, 9/9). On September 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its T-HUD bill, S. 1596, which also reduced funding for many HUD programs (see Memo, 9/23). The total HUD allocations in the House subcommittee bill and S. 1596 appear to be more than $1 billion apart.
The letter states, “NLIHC urges you to ensure that no low income households lose their housing as a result of underfunding HUD programs. We also hope that HUD's allocation within the bill can be increased so that low income households who are homeless, who experience housing instability or who live in substandard housing have access to safe, decent, affordable housing.”
NLIHC expressed concern over the inadequate funding for Tenant Based Rental Assistance Contract renewals. If funded at the House level, 42,000 households would lose their housing. The Senate bill also underfunds contract renewals. NLIHC understands that HUD’s recently revised estimate for contract renewals is much higher than the original data provided to appropriators, upon which the amounts in the bills are based.
NLIHC also comments on the reduced funding of the Public Housing Capital Fund, the HOME Investment Partnership program, the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program and the Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities program.
NLIHC expresses support for several policy provisions in the Senate bill, including voucher cost savings provisions, the Tenant Protection voucher set-aside, and the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), if some changes are made to bring the bill more in line with the bill’s report. NLIHC wants to see the bill language in the RAD provision improved to further protect tenants, preserve public ownership after foreclosure or bankruptcy, and ensure contracts are offered and accepted as necessary. The letter urges appropriators to include these provisions in the final bill.
House and Senate appropriators are expected to negotiate the details of the final bill in October. The compromise bill is not expected to be brought to the House and Senate floors, but instead is expected to be passed as part of an omnibus appropriations bill.
View NLIHC’s letter: http://nlihc.org/doc/NLIHC_Letter_FY12_THUD_Negotiations_9-30-11.pdf