FY 2018 Housing Trust Fund Allocations Announced

On June 5, HUD will allocate more than $266 million in FY 2018 formula funds to eligible grantees of the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program. The HTF is a non-appropriated federal resource that complements existing Federal, State and local efforts to preserve and expand the nation’s supply of affordable homes for very low-income (VLI) and extremely low-income (ELI) households, as well as families experiencing homelessness. Authorized in 2008, lawmakers sought to establish a permanent source of affordable housing funding through annual contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs). Eight years later, the HTF was finally capitalized through its inaugural FY 2016 allocations. HTF grantees include the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. Insular Areas. Grantees may distribute funds through subgrantees (a unit of general local government or State agency) or directly fund projects proposed by eligible recipients (including PHAs), or a combination of both.

 FY 2018 Housing Trust Fund Allocations

State / Territory

FY18 Allocation % Change (FY17 to FY18)

California

$36,616,277

58%

New York

$22,171,681

50%

Texas

$12,279,085

39%

Florida

$10,442,914

36%

Illinois

$9,812,230

37%

Pennsylvania

$7,759,948

32%

New Jersey

$7,726,903

38%

Ohio

$6,971,712

27%

Michigan

$6,004,558

24%

Massachusetts

$5,720,333

24%

North Carolina

$5,874,191

32%

Georgia

$5,705,499

29%

Washington

$5,197,313

26%

Virginia

$4,672,562

22%

Wisconsin

$4,117,505

18%

Indiana

$3,937,462

17%

Missouri

$3,970,270

18%

Arizona

$3,997,777

21%

Tennessee

$3,688,511

17%

Colorado

$3,563,587

13%

Oregon

$3,654,189

16%

Minnesota

$3,445,781

10%

Maryland

$3,578,771

17%

Connecticut

$3,269,474

9%

Louisiana

$3,068,829

2%

South Carolina

$3,007,655

0%

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming

$3,000,000 (Required State Minimum)

Puerto Rico

$1,253,357

42%

American Samoa

$11,995

54%

Guam

$97,028

54%

Northern Marianas

$53,415

54%

Virgin Islands

$104,591

54%

Total $266,775,403

22%

HUD Corrects FY16 Housing Trust Fund Allocations

On April 13, HUD announced in the Federal Register that approximately $120,913 in Housing Trust Fund (HTF) dollars was incorrectly allocated to grantees for fiscal year (FY) 2016. HUD first announced FY 2016 HTF formula allocations to grantees, which total about $173 million, in May 2016. HUD subsequently discovered an error it its calculations for American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Marina Island, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Accordingly, allocations for the Insular Areas have been reduced while allocations for 15 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have increased slightly.

The states receiving the largest increase under the new allocation include: California ($28,296 increase), New York ($19,961 increase), and Texas ($11,112). While Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, and Puerto Rico each receive increases that range from $1,000 to $10,000.

In the coming weeks, HUD is expected to announce the HTF formula allocations for FY 2017. Based on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (GSEs) recent SEC filings, a boost in GSE business last year means that the HTF could be receiving about $219 million for FY 2017. While we expect FY 2017 allocations to be available this year, it is possible that some Congress members may try to introduce bills to eliminate or divert HTF funding to other programs, similar to what happened in last Congress. Further more, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has ultimate authority over whether the GSEs continue to set aside contributions to the HTF. If the current Obama-appointed FHFA Director Mel Watt, resigns early, or if Congress and the Administration decides to move forward on housing finance reform, the status of the HTF will come into question.