Appropriators Work to Negotiate Spending Agreement Before December 20 Deadline

Congressional appropriators held meetings earlier this month, as they continue to work towards a comprehensive FY2020 spending agreement. Lawmakers are hopeful that the Senate and House will be able to negotiate all 12 appropriations bills before December 20 when government funding runs out. Chair of the appropriations subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Representative David Price (D-NC-4), reported on the status of his bill, stating, "Our bill is looking good. We’re concerned about policy provisions, we haven’t been able to resolve all of those, but that’s always the way it is."

One of the policy concerns that has not been resolved is language contained in both the Senate and House FY2020 THUD bills that would ensure HUD rolls back 2019 criteria to that of 2018 for the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. The 2019 criteria has been criticized for imposing excessive service participation requirements. It also dropped prior incentives to adopt nondiscrimination policies on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Many advocates support Housing First and believes it should be a core component of CoC NOFAs. Advocates also encourages Congress and the Administration to finalize FY2020 spending bills quickly and provide strong levels of funding for affordable housing and community development programs.

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