U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is leading an effort in the Senate to boost FY20 funding for public housing. His office has asked CLPHA for help in encouraging other Senators to sign onto the letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting full funding of the Public Housing Operating Fund at 100 percent proration, $5 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund, and $200 million for the Choice Neighborhoods program.
The following messages are being sent to other U.S. Senators:
Below are several updates regarding the ACC:
HUD Meets with Hill Staff, Defends ACC as a Grant
Earlier this week, we called on CLPHA members to contact your members of Congress and register your opposition to HUD’s proposed changes to the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC).
In "What’s Eliminated in Trump’s 2020 Budget Plan," Affordable Housing Finance writer Donna Kimura quotes CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman on how President Trump's proposed budget constitutes not only a disinvestment in public housing, but also a disinvestment in low-income families:
The Trump Administration released the remainder of its fiscal year 2020 (FY18) budget on March 18. As noted last week, 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.