Senate Appropriations Approves Transportation, HUD Bill

In other news from the Senate yesterday, the Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to approve its FY 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. The bill provides $60.058 billion in funding overall, $2.407 billion higher than current funding levels and $3.5 billion higher than the House. Considering the constraints of the FY 2018 budget cap, the increased THUD allocation is a huge win and allowed appropriators to avoid making the same types of cuts seen in the House THUD bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved its bill on July 17.

NAHRO will provide a detailed analysis of the bill next week.

The future of THUD in both the House and the Senate is unclear, though it is unlikely either chamber moves its THUD bill to the floor. Yesterday, the House approved a four-bill minibus package of spending bills, dubbed the “security-bus” because of its composition of defense and security-related bills. The House will likely adjourn for August recess this afternoon without passing any additional spending bills. The Senate, shifting its focus away from health care this morning, delayed August recess by two weeks to work on nominations and the debt ceiling. It may also choose to move appropriations bills to the floor during that time, assuming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not adjourn the Senate earlier than expected.

Housing and Community Development Highlights

  • Rental Assistance Demonstration- cap eliminated, sunset date removed
  • Public Housing Capital Fund- $1.945 billion, $4 million higher than FY 2017
    • Jobs Plus- $15 million, level funded
  • Public Housing Operating Fund- $4.5 billion, $100 million higher than FY 2017
  • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative- $50 million, $87 less than FY 2017
  • Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Renewals- $19.37 billion, $1.015 billion more than FY 2017
  • Administrative Fees- $1.725 billion, $75 million higher than FY 2017
    • Ongoing Administrative Fees- $1.715 billion, $75 million higher than FY 2017
    • Additional Administrative Fees- $10 million, level funded
  • Family Self-Sufficiency- $75 million, level funded
  • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance- $11.507 billion, $691 million higher than FY 2017
  • Community Development Block Grant- $3 billion, level funded
  • HOME Investment Partnerships- $950 million, level funded
  • Homeless Assistance Grants- $2.456 billion, $73 million higher than FY 2017


August and September Operating Fund Proration at 92.85 Percent

On July, 27 HUD released their August and September Explanation of CY 2017 Operating Fund Obligations. HUD bases monthly obligations on eligibility determined after processing 2017 Operating Subsidy forms. The Operating Fund proration for July is 92.85 percent. Operating Subsidy obligations are cumulative, and Public Housing projects are allowed funding in the amount of three fourths of prorated eligibility (nine out of twelve months). Funds will be available in eLOCCS not later than August 1.

TPV Allocation Differences in 2017 HCV Implementation Notice and TPV Survey

As mentioned earlier on this blog, HUD has published its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program 2017 Funding Implementation Notice. According to HUD, the difference in how Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) are allocated between 2017 and prior years is that in 2017–for Public Housing TPV actions–the number of TPVs that will be awarded will be considered at the time of the Special Applications Center (SAC) approval of the demolition or disposition application. This is in contrast to prior years, where HUD considered the number of vouchers to be awarded at the time of the TPV funding application to HUD.

Additionally, the Housing Voucher Financial Management Division has sent out an email discussing a survey on anticipated needs for tenant protection action for July to December of 2017. HUD notes that this data collection is important for “new increment leasing projections and needs for CY 2017 and HAP renewal for 2018 and 2019.” Questions about the survey can be directed to The survey is due by August 24, 2017 at 5 pm ET.

The survey instructions can be found here.

The survey spreadsheet can be found here.