Congress Passes Omnibus 2017 Spending Package to fund Government at near-2016 Levels

Originally, the Trump administration planned to slash more than $6 billion in funding for HUD and to eliminate CDBG & HOME. However, the budget was met with mixed reviews on the Hill, and instead, congress passed an Omnibus bill on May 4th that, other than increased military spending, amounts to a continuing resolution to fund the government at near 2016 levels through September 3oth, 2017. CDBG and HOME are both being funded at 2016 levels ($3.06B and $950M respectively), and Tenant Based Vouchers are being funded at a slightly elevated level of $20.29B (in 2016, this was funded at $19.62B).

However, the original budget put HUD’s funding at $40.7 billion, down from $46.9 billion in 2017, representing a cut of 13.2 percent. Thus, this Omnibus, though acceptable in the short term, merely postpones what will inevitably be fierce battle for HUD in the the FY2018 budget. For a breakdown of 2017 HUD budget levels, see below.

  • Community Development Programs
    • Community Development Block Grant – $3 billion, level funding
    • HOME Investment Partnerships – $950 million, level funding
    • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS – $356 million, $21 million higher than FY 2016
    • Homeless Assistance Grants – $2.383 billion, $133 million higher than FY 2016
  • Public Housing Programs
    • Public Housing Capital Fund – $1.9415 billion, $41.5 million higher than FY 2016
      • Competitive Lead-Based Paint Grants – $25 million, new program
      • ROSS – $35 million, level funding
      • Emergency Capital Needs – $21.5 million, $500,000 less than FY 2016
      • Jobs Plus – $15 million, level funding
      • PH Financial Physical Assessment – $10 million, $7 million higher than FY 2016
    • Public Housing Operating Fund – $4.4 billion, $100 million less than FY 2016
    • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative – $137.5 million, $12.5 million higher than FY 2016
    • Family Self-Sufficiency – $75 million, level funding
    • RAD – expanded to 225,000 units
  • Section 8 Programs
    • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance – $20.292 billion
      • Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Renewals – $18.355 billion, $663 million higher than FY 2016
      • Ongoing Administrative Fees – $1.64 billion, level funding
    • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance – $10.816 billion, $196 million higher than FY 2016

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