As we reported in early July, the appropriations committees of the House and the Senate passed separate and differing budgets for the Fiscal Year 2014 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Bill. The bill is also known as the T-HUD bill, and funds all HUD programs, including homelessness and affordable housing. The House and Senate began considering the bills at the end of July, but neither was able to successfully vote on this funding prior to adjourning for summer recess on August 3rd. According to the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the House finished debate on the bill, but leadership “abruptly pulled the bill from a final vote because it did not have the votes necessary to pass the bill.”
As a refresher, the T-HUD bill enacts funding levels for critical housing and homelessness programs, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, and Section 8 vouchers. These programs are currently operating under a Continuing Resolution that is set to expire on September 30th.
Both the House and Senate will return from recess the week of September 9th to continue consideration of the bill. We will continue to monitor this process and report back in future editions of this Homelessness Update.