House and Senate appropriators have begun writing their fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bills, with lawmakers in both chambers hoping to see bills move to a floor vote by next month. House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) stated that his Subcommittee could mark up its FY 2019 bill soon after they return from this week’s recess. However, House and Senate Subcommittees have not yet received their sub-allocations, so negotiations are ongoing. It is critical that THUD appropriators continue to hear from affordable housing and community development stakeholders about the importance of funding for critical programs, like the HOME Program, Section 4 Capacity Building Program, Project-Based Rental Assistance, Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, and Community Development Block Grants.
Last week the HOME Coalition sent a letter to Congress signed by more than 1,600 national, state, and local organizations urging lawmakers to restore funding for the HOME Program to at least $1.5 billion in FY 2019. And from May 1 to 8, communities nationwide will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action to bring attention to the severe shortage of affordable homes and urge increased investments in solutions. There are over 80 events scheduled in 25 states and Puerto Rico. Visit the Our Homes, Our Voices website for more information, including sample materials for participating and guidance on how to get involved.