Today, the Senate is poised to vote on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017; NAHMA urges you to call your Senators and request that they vote yes to pass this bill.
Please call your Senators TODAY and ask them to vote in favor of the FY 2017 T-HUD Appropriations bill and to reject any amendments that would be harmful to affordable housing programs.
To find your Senators, please use NAHMA Maps, and please also reach out to NAHMA staff with any questions about the FY 2017 T-HUD appropriations.
FY 2017 T-HUD Funding Levels
The funding slated for affordable housing programs in FY 2017 is strong in the Senate T-HUD bill, and nearly all housing programs would receive a funding increase over the FY 2016 enacted level. Below are the funding figures as included in the bill:
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (Housing Choice Vouchers) – $20.432 Billion
- Project-Based Rental Assistance – $10.901 Billion
- Section 202, Housing for the Elderly – $505 million
- Section 811, Housing for Persons with Disabilities – $154 million
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program – $950 million
- Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) – $4 million, includes proposals to facilitate additional conversions of HUD-assisted properties:
- Increases the current unit cap on Public Housing conversions to 250,000;
- Eliminates the deadline of September 30, 2018, for submission of RAD applications;
- Enables Section 202 PRAC properties to convert to Section 8 contracts;
- Promotes the preservation of multifamily properties in high-cost areas;
- Standardizes ownership and control requirements for converted Public Housing properties in situations where low-income housing tax credits are used or where foreclosure, bankruptcy, or default occurs; and
- Protects tenants’ right to continue occupancy under second component conversions
NAHMA supports this funding legislation and applaud the bipartisan consensus it has so far received. Again, we urge you to call your Senators to request that they vote to pass this bill.
Thank you for your participation,