House Appropriations THUD Subcommittee Rejects Trump’s Drastic FY 2018 Request, Still Proposes Nearly $500 Million Cut

The House Appropriations Transportation-HUD (THUD) Subcommittee released its $56.5 billion fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bill July 10, which is expected to be approved July 11. According to the committee press release, that funding level represents $1.1 billion (2 percent) less than FY 2017 but $8.6 billion (18 percent) more than the FY 2018 request by President Donald Trump’s administration. For the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the bill provides net appropriations of $38.3 billion, a $6.9 billion (22 percent) increase from the FY 2018 request, but $487 million (1.3 percent) less than FY 2017. The level represents about $1.5 billion less than what’s needed to renew HUD rental assistance funding needs during FY 2018.

While the House has yet to approve a FY 2018 budget resolution (although the House Budget Committee is rumored to consider one this month) and the House hasn’t publicly approved spending allocations for defense, nondefense and each appropriations subcommittee, the House has begun the FY 2018 appropriations process assuming $511 billion in nondefense spending, which is $49 billion (11 percent) more than the FY 2018 request, but $4.75 billion (0.9 percent) less than the FY 2017 spending cap as authorized by the Budget Control Act, according to Bloomberg.

Homeless and Supportive Housing Programs

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants are proposed to be funded at $2.38 billion, level with FY 2017 and $133 million (5.9 percent) more than the request. This amount includes a $2.106 billion set-aside for the continuum of care and rural housing stability assistance programs, and $270 million for Emergency Solutions Grants.

The bill provides $573 million for the Housing for the Elderly (Section 202) program, a $70.6 million (14.1 percent) increase from FY 2017 and $63 million (12.4 percent) more than the request. The Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811) program is funded at $147 million, an $800,000 (0.5 percent) increase from FY 2017. The budget would provide $356 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program to provide housing and supportive services, equal to FY 2017 and $26 million (7.9 percent) more than the request.

Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

While the bill does not agree to eliminate the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, which is designed to comprehensively revitalize high-poverty public and assisted housing communities, as proposed by the request, it provides only $20 million, $118 million cut from FY 2017.

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