Today, the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee voted to send its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 draft spending bill to the full Appropriations Committee. Subcommittee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-ME) noted that the bill would fund HOME at $950 million.
If enacted, this would protect the $50 million increase in funding that HOME supporters and Congressional champions secured in the FY 2016 budget after Congress initially proposed to deeply cut–or even essentially eliminate–the program.
Although the bill maintains HOME funding at current levels, the program has been cut in half in recent years, from more than $1.8 billion in FY 2010 to $950 million last year.
We will keep you updated as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee for a vote on Thursday.