Congress’ anticipated Continuing Resolution will fund federal housing and homeless programs at FY 2016 levels until December 9. At the state level, housing advocates are sharing the alarming data released in the annual Residential Rental Cost Survey indicating a severe shortage in the supply of affordable rental homes, generating workforce challenges and undermining economic recovery for New Hampshire families. Click here to read the October Update.
Advocacy for inclusion of recovery housing in the state’s response to the substance use disorder crisis remains a priority of Housing Action NH’s work at the state level. At the federal level, members of NH’s congressional delegation have been leading the way on necessary reforms to rural housing programs to protect affordable units and tenants.
Click here for an update on these and other housing and homelessness topics.
At the State House, Housing Action NH and our coalition members have been actively supporting the reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program and advocating for supportive housing for those with substance use disorders.
Good news came from the Obama Administration, which just proposed unprecedented new funding to help end family homelessness. In Congress, housing advocates cheered the unanimous passage of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA contains important efficiencies for federal housing programs.
Click here to read our February 2016 Update for details on these topics and more.
The House Appropriations Committee passed its Transportation-Housing & Urban Development (T-HUD) bill last week in a 28-21 vote. While the House bill level funds many key programs, the proposed cut to HOME could be another hit to this valued program if not restored in the Senate. Advocates are also seeking restoration of all of the vouchers lost to sequestration. Click here for an updated budget chart with line-by-line comparisons since FY10.
After receiving President Obama’s budget request March 4, Congressional appropriators began work on their FY ‘15 spending bills. House and Senate Appropriations Committees are now working to divide the total spending amount for the fiscal year among the 12 appropriations subcommittees, resulting in what are called the 302(b) allocations. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs stated that they will proceed with establishing 302(b) subcommittee allocations within the FY15 spending caps, not the higher amount requested by the Administration. See http://bit.ly/MLyt2i for updated Federal budget charts.