Last Thursday, July 30, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed fiscal year
(FY) 2010 spending legislation for Transportation, Housing, and Urban
Development (T-HUD). The full House passed its legislation in July. Full details of the Senate legislation are not yet available, but the legislation does include:
* $1.875 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, nearly $200 million more than in FY 2009. The House bill included $1.85 billion.
* $18.1 billion for tenant-based rental assistance, including $16.3 billion for
renewing current vouchers, $75 million for new HUD-VASH vouchers, and $20 million for new Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers. Overall, this represents an increase of $1.2 billion over FY 2009. The House bill included $18.2 billion total.
* $8.1 billion for project-based rental assistance, $1 billion more than in FY 2009.
The House version included $8.7 billion.
* $785 million for Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, $20 million above FY 2009. The House bill provided $1 billion.
* $265 million for Section 811 Housing for People with a Disability, $15 million more than in FY 2009. The House version included $350 million.
* $320 million for Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS (HOPWA), $10 million above the FY 2009 level. The House bill included $350 million.
The legislation also included $3.99 billion for the Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) program, $1.825 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership program, and $250 million for the new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, which would serve as a successor to the HOPE VI program. The full Senate is expected to consider the legislation in September.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Bill
On July 30, the Senate Appropriations Committee also approved the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Education) spending bill. Full details of the bill are not yet available. However, the legislation does include $7.2 billion for Head Start programs, $122 million more than in FY 2009. The full Senate is expected to consider the legislation in September.