TAKE ACTION: THUD appropriations bill halts all funding to NHTF

The proposed FY 2016 appropriations bill for HUD passed April 29 by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) would eviscerate the National Housing Trust Fund. The bill:

  • Transfers all funding that is supposed to go to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) into the HOME program.
  • Forbids Congress to put any other funding into NHTF.

The House Appropriations Committee press release on the proposed THUD bill states that the bill will provide level funding of $900 million for the HOME program, but fails to mention that it would do so only by raiding the NHTF. The House Appropriations Committee will consider the THUD bill when they reconvene after their recess next week. Please reach out to your Representative before May 12 and urge him or her to oppose the bill’s treatment of the NHTF and the HOME program.

When you contact your Representative, share with him or her that:

  1. The NHTF is the only federal program that provides new money specifically to expand the supply of rental housing that is affordable for extremely low income (ELI) households. Nationwide, there is a shortage of 7.1 million rental housing units that are available and affordable for ELI families.
  2. The funding for the NHTF is a dedicated source of revenue on the mandatory side of the federal budget, and as such, is not subject to annual appropriations. Funding for the NHTF is based on an assessment of 4.2 basis points of the annual volume of business of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This is a reliable, predictable stream of funding that is supposed to be separate from HUD appropriations. It is not subject to sequestration.
  3. As an appropriated program, HOME has suffered deep cuts in recent years, including cuts dictated by sequestration. Its FY15 appropriation of $900 million is less than half of the FY10 appropriation ($1.9 billion). The Appropriations Committee should not be managing the sequester cuts to HUD programs by raiding mandatory funds that have a dedicated purpose.
  4. Neither program is funded anywhere near what is required to address the unmet housing need.

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HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION

There are three Ohio Congresspeople that serve on the House Appropriations Committee, tell him or her to oppose the THUD Appropriations bill’s treatment of the NHTF.

Congressman David Joyce – 202-225-5731

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur – 202-225-4146

Congressman Tim Ryan – 202-225-5261

Urge your Representative to remove all references to the National Housing Trust Fund when the bill is marked up in full committee after next week’s recess and to maintain level funding for the HOME program.

To reach other Ohio Congresspeople call the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351.
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