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House Passes FY 2021 HUD Appropriations

Last week the House passed H.R. 7617, which provides fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding for six appropriations subcommittees, including HUD. The House bill is expected to provide adequate appropriations to renew existing Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance, and provides increases for most programs, including the Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Section 202 and Section 811, which would also receive additional funding through emergency infrastructure investments. The bill also contains two amendments that would block the Trump Administration’s recent regulatory action on the Disparate Impact Rule and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

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House Appropriations Committee Passes FY-2021 HUD Funding Measure

On June 7, 2020 the House Appropriations Committee released its draft fiscal year 2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill. The measure was adopted by the Subcommittee on July 8, 2020.  The measure heads next to the Full Committee for an additional markup.  The bill provides a total of $50.6 billion for HUD – an increase of $1.5 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level and $13.3 billion above the President’s 2021 budget request. The measure also includes $49 billion in supplemental funding to HUD programs to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Highlights from the $50.6 billion in “general” HUD appropriations, include:

  • $25.8 billion for Tenant-based Rental Assistance, an increase of $1.9 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level and $2.4 billion above the President’s budget request.
  • $3.2 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund, an increase of $310 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.
  • $4.6 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of $100 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $405 million above the President’s budget request.
  • $250 million for the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, an increase of $75 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.
  • $430 million for Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, an increase of $20 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $100 million above the President’s budget request.
  • $3.5 billion for Community Development Block Grants, an increase of $100 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.
  • $1.7 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership Program, an increase of $350 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.
  • $3.4 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, an increase of $638 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $642 million above the President’s budget request.
  • $13.4 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, an increase of $881 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $809 million above the President’s budget request.
  • $893 million for Housing for the Elderly (Section 202), an increase of $100 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $40 million above the President’s budget request.
  • $227 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811), an increase of $25 million above the FY 2020 enacted level.

In addition, to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the bill provides an additional $49 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development programs to bolster communities nationwide by making robust and resilient investments in public housing, affordable housing, and community development. Highlights include:

  • $24.25 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund;
  • $300 million for the CHOICE Neighborhoods Initiative;
  • $4 billion for the Community Development Block Grant;
  • $17.5 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships;
  • $750 million for capital improvements for properties receiving project-based rental assistance;
  • $750 million for the Housing for the Elderly;
  • $179 million for the Housing for Persons with Disabilities;

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House Dems $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Package Includes Affordable Housing Provisions

The House Democrats’ recently released infrastructure bill, Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), includes a myriad of housing provisions. A vote on the legislation is expected before the Fourth of July recess. While the bill is likely to pass the Democrat-led House, it will face greater resistance in the GOP-led Senate. The bill does not include any pay-fors and Republicans are already panning the bill as dead-on-arrival. However, the bill may set an important marker for future infrastructure negotiations. The Trump administration is reportedly drafting a $1 trillion infrastructure package aimed at spurring the economy.

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HUD Releases FY 2020 Income Limits

HUD released the median family incomes and income limits for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Median incomes are used as the basis for income limits in several HUD programs, including the Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice and Project-Based Voucher, Section 202 housing for the elderly and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities programs.

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