|Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2017 HUD Funding Bill|
|The Senate Appropriations Committee on April 21 unanimously approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill. The THUD Appropriations Subcommittee reported the bill April 19. The full Committee adopted the bill with only minor amendments to the Subcommittee-passed bill, which did not change its HUD program funding levels.
The bill provides $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the same as its FY 2016 spending level, and fully funds project-based rental assistance contracts.
The bill also increases the number of public housing units that can convert under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program from 185,000 to 250,000 and eliminates the program’s sunset date. It also includes authority for Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) properties to convert under RAD and provides $4 million in assistance to those properties for that purpose.
According to the Committee press release on the bill, it provides $56.5 billion in new spending on programs within its jurisdiction, $827 million less than the THUD FY 2016 funding amount and $2.9 billion below the Administration’s FY 2017 budget request. However, under congressional accounting rules, the Committee was able to use program spending rescissions and an increase in estimated receipts to raise total program funding to $57.7 billion without changing the amount of new spending attributed to the bill. Taking these rescissions and receipts into account, the bill provides $39.2 billion for HUD programs, $891 million more than HUD’s FY 2016 total and $446 million less than the Administration’s budget request.
Other funding highlights from the bill include:
For more information on individual program funding levels under the bill, see NCSHA’s FY 2017 Appropriations Chart.
Senate leadership has not yet scheduled floor consideration of this bill but has indicated it plans to bring as many of the funding bills as possible to the floor during the next 12 weeks.
The appropriations schedule in the House is less certain as that chamber continues to struggle with whether to advance spending bills before considering a budget resolution, which has been delayed by disagreements over whether and how to reduce federal spending in FY 2017.