In Congress, the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will decide soon how much funding each appropriations subcommittee will receive in FY 2016 — called the “302(b)” allocation. It is critical that the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittees receive the highest possible levels. The top-line “302(b)” level will determine how much money is available for affordable housing programs in FY 2016, and will affect funding for critical housing programs for people with disabilities, such as public housing; Section 8 housing choice vouchers; Section 811 Supporting Housing for Persons with Disabilities; and Homeless assistance programs.
Federal community development funding at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been cut by nearly 30% since FY 2010. HUD-funded agencies are routinely overwhelmed by applications for rental assistance, and years-long wait lists for assistance have become dishearteningly normal. The cuts have caused the loss of 70,000 rental assistance opportunities for low income families since 2013. At the same time, people with disabilities face an ongoing crisis in the lack of affordable, accessible community housing – a gap will only grow, unless adequate funding is available.
House and Senate appropriators need to hear from you!
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