First “minibus” spending bill enacted, including housing funding

On November 17, the House and Senate passed the conference report on a Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations package that combines the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending bills.   It also includes a continuing resolution to keep the rest of the government running through Dec. 16. The measure was signed the following day by President Obama. HUD took a 9% overall budget cut, with the worst hit programs being the HOME Investment Partnerships program (38%) and the Community Development Block Grant (12%). Near level funding is provided for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) renewals and project-based Section 8 renewals, both of which serve low-income populations, including people with disabilities. Fortunately, funding for the Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities program increased to $165 million, up 10% from last year.

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