HOME Alert: Senate May Vote On HOME Funding This Week

Senate May Vote On HOME Funding This Week

Last week, the full Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill, which would provide $950 million in funding for HOME. The bill could go to the Senate floor as early as tomorrow or Thursday–we will let you know of any relevant amendments that may be introduced.

Please call your Senators TODAY and ask them to (1) vote in favor of the THUD bill and to (2) vote for any amendments that would strengthen HOME.

The HOME Coalition supports the proposed funding level for HOME in the Senate THUD bill, especially given the very low spending caps that the Appropriations Committee had to work with. The bill preserves the $950 million 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. In light of the deep cuts to HOME in recent years–HOME funding fell from $1.8 billion in 2010 to $950 million in 2016–we will continue to advocate to restore HOME funding to $1.2 billion.

None of the policy changes proposed by the Administration in its budget request were included in the Senate bill, including HUD’s proposal to eliminate the 24-month commitment deadline, to eliminate the set-aside for Community Housing and Development Organizations (CHDOs), and to eliminate eligibility for participating jurisdictions that receive allocations below an established threshold.

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