Federal Homelessness Legislation and Budget Update

A few days ago, the appropriations committees of the House and the Senate passed separate budget bills for transportation, housing and urban development.  The bill is also known as the T-HUD bill, and funds all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including homelessness and affordable housing.  The proposed House and Senate T-HUD bills are night and day to one another.fed

The Corporation for Supportive Housing reports that the Senate proposal “significantly improves funding levels for housing programs serving the most vulnerable.” However, the House T-HUD bill seeks to “drastically reduce funding for nearly every program” and it would cut 15% (approximately $5 billion) from HUD’s programs as compared to enacted levels of last year’s budget.  The  Corporation for Supportive Housing reports that 50% of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and 30% of the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding would be cut, both of which “contribute significantly to the creation of supportive housing.”  In addition, the House Subcommittee recommends a funding level of $2.088 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.  While this funding level is an increase of $55 million over the enacted FY 13 legislation, it is “still far below the President’s request of $2.381 billion and is insufficient to meet the need of providers.”

These bills will next be considered with a floor vote by each house, followed by joint budget reconciliation. We will continue to monitor this process and report back in future editions of this Homelessness Update.