Current Federal Budget Next Steps - Rare Opportunity to Help Housing and Homeless Programs

After months of negotiating on a federal budget for the current fiscal year, Congress and the President finally have a deal that funds health centers and increases overall non-defense spending. Thanks for your vigorous advocacy to fund community health centers for the next two years.

So now what? The next step is for the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate to set spending specific levels for all federal programs, in order to pass bills by March 23.

We have a rare opportunity to increase affordable housing and capacity for programs that help people who are homeless as part of the current budget process. Please ask your federal elected official to do two things:

  • Increase HUD’s Homeless Assistance account by $217 million, to a total of $2.6 billion. This increase would mean housing instead of homelessness for 40,000 additional people.
  • Support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 548) to make the Housing Credit and Housing Bonds more streamlined and flexible. Call on the House and Senate to support the Senate version of the legislation which includes a 50 percent increase in Housing Credit resources. This increase in resources would finance approximately 400,000 more affordable homes over the next decade than would otherwise be possible.

More details about the budget process and the current push for homeless program funding is available here from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

More information about strengthening the housing credit tax credit program is available here.

Also, in the coming weeks, we will direct that same vigorous advocacy to the President’s proposed budget and the upcoming budget cycle – stay tuned!