In preparation for subcommittee markup on the morning of May 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) released their FY20 funding bill on May 22. According to the subcommittee proposal, the discretionary funding level for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totals $50.1 billion, an increase of $5.9 billion above the FY19 enacted level, and $13.4 billion above President Trump’s request.
In a familiar pattern and reprise of repudiating Trump Administration budget proposals, the House THUD budget reflects Congress’ continuing commitment to fund critically important housing and community development programs the Administration proposed rescinding, cutting, or eliminating. CLPHA is pleased that under the leadership of THUD Subcommittee Chairman David Price (D-NC) and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), the THUD proposal increases – in several instances substantially increases – or level funds programs important to CLPHA members.
In addition to robust funding increases, such as the doubling of Choice Neighborhoods to $300 million and fully funding the Section 8 account, the proposal also reflects priorities CLPHA vigorously advocated for with the appropriators, including legislative language to prevent HUD from evicting mixed-status immigrant families from public housing, and to prohibit HUD from unilaterally changing the public housing annual contributions contract without public input and following the administrative procedures act process. Importantly, mandatory rent increases and work requirements were not included in the subcommittee’s bill.
Click below for a quick overview of the proposed FY20 funding levels for some of the programs of interest to CLPHA members, along with CLPHA’s updated funding chart. We will provide a more detailed review and analysis after full committee markup action.
The Trump Administration released the remainder of its fiscal year 2020 (FY18) budget on March 18. The proposal would completely eliminate all funding in FY20 for the Public Housing Capital Fund and slash funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund by almost $2 billion, a combined loss of $4.6 billion. The proposal additionally eliminates the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, HOME, CDBG, and other programs, while adding $100 million for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and eliminating the cap on RAD conversions.
Click below for a review of proposed funding levels for some programs of interest, and links to CLPHA's comparative funding chart and the joint industry funding recommendations from CLPHA, NAHRO, and PHADA.