Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Senate Appropriation Subcommittee marks up housing bill

by Sarah Jawaid, National Housing Conference

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) held a markup of its FY13 bill on April 17. Members of the committee acknowledge the difficulty of the decision and how the cuts ran deep with a total proposed budget authority of $53.4 billion, $3.9 billion less than 2012 enacted. The markup was brief with amendments to be considered at the full committee markup on Thursday. There were strong mentions of housing including: a rejection of short funding of Section 8 by Ranking Member Collins as an “ill-conceived budget gimmick,” strong support for CDBG, strong support of the HUD VASH program and homelessness prevention generally. Find the summary here.


  • Section 8 Tenant-based rental assistance: $19.4 billion for housing choice vouchers. This level of funding is $482 million above the fiscal year 2012 enacted level.
  • Public Housing: $1.99 billion for the public housing capital fund, an increase of $110 million above the fiscal year 2012 enacted level.
  • Project-based rental assistance: $9.8 billion for the project-based section 8 program, including over $9.6 billion for the renewal of all project-based contracts for a full 12 months.
  • Homeless Assistance grants: $2.15 billion for homeless assistance grants. This level of funding is $245 million above the fiscal year 2012 enacted level.
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG): $3.1 billion is provided for CDBG grant funding for States and communities across the Nation.
  • HOME Investment Partnership: $1 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership program, which is equal to the fiscal year 2012 enacted level.
  • Housing Counseling: A total of $135 million for housing counseling efforts.
  • Sustainable Communities Initiative: $50 million within HUD’s Community Development Fund for the Sustainable Communities Initiative to promote integrated housing and transportation planning.
  • Choice Neighborhoods: $120 million for HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.

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