Senate Committee Passes FY15 HUD Appropriations Bill
On June 5, 2014 the full Senate Appropriations Committee, presided over by Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), passed the FY15 THUD appropriations bill, S. 2438. This is the fourth of 12 subcommittee bills passed by the full committee during the FY15 funding cycle. Passage was by a recorded bipartisan vote of 29-1, with Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) the only dissenting vote. Included in the agreed upon manager’s package of amendments was a provision sponsored by Chairwoman Mikulski that “encourages public housing authorities participating in RAD [Rental Assistance Demonstration] to give current employees that lose their jobs the right of first refusal on employment positions.”
According to Chairwoman Mikulski, the FY15 appropriations bills will begin consideration on the Senate floor starting June 16. House and Senate appropriators are eager to begin floor action on their respective appropriations bills during the months of June and July in order to complete the appropriations process for most, if not all the bills, by the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1.
Read a brief summary of some programs and issues of interest to CLPHA members delineated in the Senate THUD bill and committee report.
HUD's FY15 Budget Proposal
On March 4, 2014, the Administration released their FY15 budget. The proposal continues modest funding level increases for public housing and related programs over FY14, but as in previous years, does not meet the need as calculated by CLPHA. See CLPHA's FY15 Comparative Funding Chart for HUD's proposed funding levels for programs of interest to CLPHA members, listed side-by-side with CLPHA's recommended FY15 funding levels.
CLPHA's FY15 Budget Request
On February 28, 2014, CLPHA released calculations of funding necessary for the preservation and improvement of the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. Investments in this federally assisted housing are critical not only to keep roofs over the heads of seven million low-income people across the nation, but also to improve their education, employment, and health outcomes. The availability of affordable housing positively impacts life outcomes, and as a result, significantly reduces costs within other systems. View CLPHA's recommend FY15 funding levels.
CLPHA's FY15 Comparative Funding Chart (6.9.2014)