Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill at the end of July . The bill provides increased funding for HUD programs: $40.2 billion in HUD funding for FY 2018, $1.4 billion above FY 2017 levels and $1.94 billion more than the House THUD bill. The Senate bill includes level funding for the HOME and Community Development Block Grants after push back from mayors across the country. It also did not include any of the harmful Executive budget Rental Reform proposals.

  • The Senate bill allocates:
    • $21.365 billion for Tenant-Based Section 8 vouchers ($1.07 billion above the FY 2017 enacted level);
    • $6.45 billion for Public Housing ($103.5 million above the FY 2017 enacted level);
    • $11.5 billion for Project-Based Section 8 ($691 million above the FY 2017 enacted level);
    • $573 million for Housing for the Elderly ($70.6 million above the FY 2017 enacted level);
    • $147 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities (nearly $1.0 million above the FY 2017 enacted level);
    • $40 million for new HUD-VASH vouchers (same as FY enacted level);
    • $2.456 billion for Homeless Assistance programs and includes $20 million for new family unification vouchers to prevent youth exiting foster care from becoming homeless.
    • $55 million is provided for Grants and Technical Assistance to test comprehensive efforts to End Youth Homelessness in urban and rural areas;
    • $25 million for Rapid Rehousing assistance for Domestic Violence.
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