State budget season at the State House draws to a close this week with some progress on the housing front. The capital budget includes $2.5 million for the Affordable Housing Fund and the operating budget includes full funding for homeless shelters and an increase to the Homeless Housing Access Revolving Loan Fund. The Governor is expected to sign both budgets.
In Washington DC, the focus is on the FY 18 budget for HUD and USDA Rural Housing programs. Following Trump’s budget proposal that included draconian cuts to housing programs, Housing Action NH will be joining advocates from the New England Housing Network at meetings with key congressional appropriations staff on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of these programs and the impact of any cuts.
Finally, be sure to visit the new Resources on Supportive Housing in New Hampshire’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) here.
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.
A successful state legislative session closed with the signing of SB 533, appropriating $2 million to the Affordable Housing Fund for those with substance use disorders. Housing advocates were also pleased to see signs of progress at the federal level with the introduction of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act in the US Senate as well as a LIHTC expansion proposal. For details on these and other topics, as well as reports and events of interest to NH housing advocates, click here.
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.
Housing advocates are gearing up for the new state legislative session and a potential major advancement if the House affirms the committee recommendation on the formerly retained accessory dwelling units bill, SB 146. At the federal level, Congress passed and the President signed an omnibus spending bill and tax extenders package that includes several victories.
Click here for more on these and other affordable housing policy news and analysis important to NH.
Through strong advocacy from the homeless services provider community, the final state budget included full funding for Emergency Shelters. The efforts to advance opportunities for Accessory Dwelling Units also made progress and the SB 135 Lead Poisoning Commission began its work. At the national level, diverse housing interests have come together to challenge the sequester caps through the Caps Hurt Communities campaign.
In time for the presidential primary season in NH, the UNH Survey Center released poll results that 90% of Granite Staters think housing affordability is a problem and 75% think presidential candidates should address the issue.
Find out more in our October 2015 edition of News & Legislative Update.
The state legislative year wound up June 30, and housing advocates celebrated several accomplishments, including a state capital appropriation for the Affordable Housing Fund, passage of lead paint legislation, improved access to driver’s licenses for the homeless, restoration of the Emergency Shelter program in the operating budget (now vetoed) and the defeat of proposed increases to required rental deposits. Given the veto, homeless funding advocates will need to re-engage in the fall. Details on these topics, federal updates, new housing-related reports and event information can be found here.
The House subcommittee on T-HUD filed its proposed FY ’16 Federal budget that short-funds or dissolves many critical housing programs. Advocates have called upon Congress to fund HUD programs at the highest possible levels, including fully funding rental assistance vouchers, HOME, Homeless Assistance Grants and more.
Under the NH State House dome, housing advocates have put significant energy into budget matters. In addition, bills aimed at reducing regulatory barriers to affordable housing development are showing promise and outlined below. In this second half of the legislative session year, compromises and conference committees command our attention.
Click here to read our May 2015 News and Legislative Update for more on these topics, the latest housing and homelessness reports and events, plus a preview of our upcoming Home Matters in NH Week.