On July 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed out of committee legislation making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021 (FY21). The bill passed out of committee on a 30 to 22 vote. This is a significant win for CLPHA’s advocacy. CLPHA members experiences' of working under chronically underfunded conditions resonated with lawmakers. The bill demonstrates not only the House’s commitment to public and affordable housing and community development, but also the importance of these industries in the infrastructure continuum.
The full appropriations committee action, led by retiring committee chair Nita Lowey (D-NY), came less than a week after THUD subcommittee action led by subcommittee chair David Price (D-NC), who crafted a housing bill that seeks to redress the chronic underfunding that public and affordable housing have endured for decades and to put housing on equal funding footing with our nation’s transportation infrastructure needs.
Click below for an overview of the committee’s proposed FY21 funding levels for several programs of interest to CLPHA members, selected passages and rationale of policy directives and recommendations from the Committee Report (“the Report”) (italicized and/or bolded for emphasis), along with CLPHA’s updated funding chart.
In preparation for subcommittee markup on July 8, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) today released their FY21 funding bill.
CLPHA applauds the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, led by Chair David Price (D-NC), for their commitment to redress the chronic underfunding that public and affordable housing have endured for decades and for putting housing on equal funding footing with our nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. CLPHA and our members have consistently advocated for dramatic increases in public and affordable housing funding. This is a significant win for CLPHA’s advocacy.
According to the subcommittee proposal, the discretionary funding level for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totals $50.6 billion– an increase of $1.5 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level and $13.3 billion above the President’s 2021 budget request. Under a new Title V, there are additional funds for transportation and HUD funding. HUD funds in Title V total $50 billion.
Below is a quick overview of the proposed FY21 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.
On February 10, 2020 the Trump Administration released its fiscal year 2021 Budget Proposal (FY21) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The $41.3 billion request is a 15 percent reduction from the budget enacted in FY20.
For the fourth year in a row, the Trump Administration’s budget proposal seeks to eliminate and eviscerate federal public and affordable programs at significant cost to low-income families and state and local governments. The proposal also recycles the Administration’s worn out strategy of consolidating separate program accounts while reducing them.
For the third time, the Administration’s request completely eliminates the Public Housing Capital Fund and this year’s request reduces funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund by over 20 percent in addition to eliminating the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, HOME, and CDBG. In the name of cost savings, the Administration once again proposes rent increases and work requirements on low-income households served by public housing authorities.
In addition to severely slashing funding for public housing and block grant programs, the FY21 budget request also significantly underfunds voucher renewals for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Project-Based Rental Assistance Program which would cause an estimated 160,000 households to lose their housing vouchers.
Click below for CLPHA's FY21 comparative funding chart and our review of the Administration-proposed funding levels for some programs of interest, along with selected explanations from the HUD congressional justifications (CJs) and explanations from the HUD budget appendix (Appendix).
CLPHA Requests Full Funding for Public Housing, Including $70 B to Meet Capital Needs Backlog
CLPHA’s goal is to ensure the preservation and improvement of federally assisted housing through adequate funding for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. These investments are critical to enable PHAs to keep up with necessary improvements to their housing stock that will benefit the families and seniors that live in public housing and to improve their education, employment, and health outcomes. The availability of affordable housing positively impacts life outcomes, and as a result, significantly reduces costs within other systems. Adequately funding the key housing programs outlined in CLPHA’s budget request will help us achieve these goals.
CLPHA, MTW Collaborative, NAHRO, PHADA Release Joint Industry Funding Request
In response to HUD’s FY21 Budget proposal released earlier this month, CLPHA and colleague organizations MTW Collaborative, NAHRO, and PHADA prepared a joint industry funding request for federal public and affordable housing programs, including $5 billion for the Capital Fund and $4.659 billion for the Operating Fund.
On February 10, 2020, the Trump Administration released its fiscal year 2021 Budget Proposal, which includes a $41.3 billion request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a 15 percent reduction from enacted FY 2020.
Read More & View CLPHA's Comparative Funding Chart