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Legislative Update

Key Authorizing Legislation for Housing Programs, 116th Congress

PHADA advocates to congress for legislation that will help housing authorities (HAs) preserve and develop housing and more effectively provide services to residents. This past year, PHADA has worked closely with congressional committees and staff on legislation featured in this policy brief. As with any legislation, passage of these bills is not guaranteed and often it takes more than one session of congress to achieve desired results. Therefore, it is important to continuously advocate to your representatives and senators for outcomes that will be most beneficial to your agencies, the industry, and the communities and families you serve.

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FY 20 Appropriations

Budget Deal Does Not Guarantee Adequate Funding for HUD Programs

TThe House and Senate passed important legislation in July that averted sequestration and raised spending caps for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, including HUD, for both FY 20 and 21. The bipartisan package also raises the debt limit ceiling for the next two years, which is necessary because the government has reached its maximum borrowing authority and would have been forced to drastically cut spending had Congress not acted. Under the terms of the bipartisan agreement, Congress will be able to increase NDD spending by $27 billion compared to FY 19, but this is about $15 billion less than the House budget approved in May anticipated.

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FY 19 Appropriations

Senate Maintains Increased Funding from FY 18 Levels

THE FY 19 T-HUD APPROPRIATIONS BILLS maintain most of the gains realized in the FY 18 budget. While funding was proposed at level or increased amounts for Public Housing Operating, Voucher renewals and Section 8 administrative fees, the Capital Fund continues to be severely underfunded at just over 50 percent of actual need. While the Senate approved increasing the Capital Fund by $25 million from FY 18 in late July, the House sought a decrease of $116 million. Even with increases, admin fees are funded at an 85 percent proration in the Senate and a 77 percent proration in the House. As this went to press, the House had not brought its bill to the floor for vote.

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FY 2018 Appropriations

Federal Funding Continues Steep Decline

THE FY 2018 T-HUD APPROPRIATIONS BILLS extend the long-standing disinvestment in public housing programs by the federal government. PHADA continues to advocate for the funding required to operate programs and make capital improvements for the 1.1 million public housing families and the 2.3 million voucher families who rely on their local housing authority to administer these important programs throughout the nation.

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Low Income Housing Tax Credit Fact Sheet

PHADA has established a working group related to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, which continues to be the major production program for affordable rental housing. Two bills, Senate 548 and House of Representatives 1661, propose expanding and strengthening the LIHTC program. Below you will find some basic background information about the LIHTC program as well as a synopsis of the bills.

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Trump Administration and 115th Congress Must Enact Major Changes in Housing Programs

Low Funding Threatens Homes of Millions of Low-Income Persons

SEVERE UNDERFUNDING OF PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMS will almost certainly continue into the future so Congress must act to prevent the loss of this invaluable local community resource for families in economic need.

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FY 2017 Authorizing Legislation

PHADA Top Priorities May Move to Next Session

PHADA’S HIGHEST PRIORITY IS LEGISLATION: 1) that streamlines the oversight of PHAs, 2) that reduces the size of the regulatory burden, and 3) that frees housing agencies to preserve or expand their affordable housing inventories for current residents and those waiting for affordable housing. Congress passed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) just before Congress adjourned in July. HOTMA provides some helpful measures for PHAs, but because of the limited time available after recess it could be the last housing-related bill passed in the current session. PHADA’s top three priorities listed below will likely need to be re-introduced in the next session that begins in January.

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FY 2017 Appropriations

Final Bill To Include Deep Funding Prorations

CONGRESS HAS THE REMAINING DAYS in September to wrap up work on FY 2017 Appropriations bills before the new federal fiscal year begins on October 1. In spite of starting the Appropriations process with a bipartisan budget agreement in hand, efforts to reach agreement on bills that will guide $1 trillion in federal spending are well behind schedule. The Senate process moved smoothly and passed all 12 bills through their respective committees with strong bipartisan support. The House appropriations process, in contrast, stalled early on with obstruction from members who wanted lower spending levels than those agreed to in two-year budget deal struck in 2015.

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Congressional & Administration Neglect

FY2016 HUD budget undermines Nation’s remaining supply of affordable housing units

For the fifth consecutive year Congress and the Obama Administration are defunding the management and maintenance of housing for the poorest households by providing only about 84% of the Operating Fund need. Deep cuts to the Operating Fund directly affect the condition of housing and the quality of life for many of the nation’s most vulnerable households including the elderly, the disabled and families with children. Even using the better Senate number, the Operating Fund is short-funded $870 million for FY2016.

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