CLPHA Member Update
June 7, 2012
On June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) passed its fiscal year 2013 funding bill.
Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) opened the markup by commending the committee’s “commitment to reduce government spending” and stated that this year’s THUD funding bill is nearly $4 billion below FY12 enacted and almost $2 billion below the Administration’s request. Chairman Latham explained that the committee tried to be balanced in their approach to the bill and refrained from bringing any new authorization legislation to the bill.
Subcommittee Ranking Member John Olver (D-MA) stated that “this is a respectable bill with a number of bright spots,” but explained that the Ryan budget poses a problem in terms of the levels of funding available for appropriations. Full Committee Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) was disappointed to see no funding for the HOPE VI program included in the bill, which has been “very effective” in his district and across the country. Rep. Dicks did commend the committee for its inclusion of funding for VASH vouchers, and asserted that the “Housing First” model is doing a tremendous job of helping to solve the problem of veterans homelessness and that VASH is now “a much better and more effective program.”
Full Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) indicated THUD represents the 9th out of 12 subcommittee markups, and they are “moving rapidly’ on all the subcommittee bills through regular order to bring them to the floor for House action. Chairman Latham asked that amendments to the THUD bill be held until full committee markup, currently scheduled for June 20.
Although the Committee Report for the House FY13 THUD appropriations bill is not expected to be available until three days before the full committee markup, highlights from the funding bill reveal the following:
Public Housing Operating Fund - $4.524 billion, $67 million less than the Senate bill, $562 million more than the FY12 enacted level (the increase is primarily because last year’s operating reserve offset is not being considered for FY13), equal to the HUD request, but $532 million less than the CLPHA request.
Public Housing Capital Fund - $1.985 billion, equal to the Senate bill, $110 million more than the FY12 enacted level, $85 million less than HUD requested, but $3.036 billion less than the CLPHA request. Included in the amount is:
Tenant-Based Voucher Renewals - $17.238 billion, $257 less than the Senate bill, $4 million less than the FY12 enacted level, equal to the HUD request, but $822 million less than the CLPHA request.
Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Fees - $1.575 billion, equal to the Senate bill, $225 million more than the FY12 enacted level, equal to the HUD request, but $232 million less than the CLPHA request.
Tenant Protection Vouchers - $75 million, $5 million less than the Senate bill, equal to the FY12 enacted level and the HUD request, and lower than the CLPHA request.
HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) - $75 million for incremental vouchers, equal to the Senate bill, the FY12 enacted level, and the HUD and CLPHA requests.
Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinators - $60 million, equal to the Senate bill, the FY12 enacted level, and the CLPHA request. The Administration proposed $60 million for a consolidated public housing (ROSS) and Section 8 voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
HOPE VI – no funds provided, equal to the Senate bill and the HUD request, and $300 million less than the CLPHA request.
Choice Neighborhoods Initiative – no funds provided, $120 million less than the Senate bill and the FY12 enacted level, $150 million less than the HUD request, and equal to the CLPHA request.
SEC. 221. allows public housing authorities with less than 400 units to be exempt from management requirements in the operating fund rule.
SEC. 222. restricts the Secretary from imposing any requirement or guideline relating to asset management that restricts or limits the use of capital funds for central office costs, up to the limit established in QWHRA.
SEC. 228. restricts the amount of section 8 and section 9 funding that public housing agencies can use to pay employees above the annual rate of basic pay for a position at level IV of the Executive Schedule ($155,500) in fiscal year 2013.
SEC. 232. allows current HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grantees to continue to be provided assistance pursuant to Section 24.
View the Comparative Funding Chart for FY 2013.