On July 12, 2021, the Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) held a markup on the Fiscal Year 2022 THUD Appropriations Bill. The draft FY22 House THUD funding bill was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment. The funding bill includes $56.5 billion for HUD programs – an increase of $6.8 billion above the FY21 enacted level, but a $12.2 billion decrease from the Biden administration request.
"The funding increase in the House budget proposal is recognition that housing is central to improving life outcomes for low-income families," said Sunia Zaterman, executive director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities. "When the FY22 budget proposal is considered with the Biden administration's other infrastructure proposals it represents the greatest investment in America's social safety net since the Great Society programs from the Johnson administration."
The highlights of the FY22 House THUD funding levels include:
- $1 billion to fund 125,000 new housing vouchers targeted to individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness, $1.385 billion for over 4,000 new units for seniors and persons with disabilities
- $8.64 billion for Public Housing, $834 million above FY21 enacted funding levels, including $3.4 billion to meet the full annual capital accrual need
- $1.85 billion in direct funding to states and local governments through the HOME Investment Partnership Program
- $205 million across HUD programs to improve energy and water efficiency and increase resiliency in public low-income housing
As the budget proposal moves through the legislative process, these numbers could increase or decrease. CLPHA will continue to monitor the proposal through the entire process.