House Passes FY21 HUD Bill; $110M for New 202s

Legislation | July 31, 2020 | by Linda Couch

The House has passed its FY21 HUD appropriations bill.

On July 31, the House passed its fiscal year 2021 HUD spending bill within a massive package of four FY21 spending bills. The Senate is not expected to take action on its FY21 HUD bill until at least September. There will most certainly be a continuing resolution to keep programs funded at FY20 levels from the start of FY21, on October 1, until after the November elections.

The House’s bill would fully fund the renewal of Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance and Section 202 PRAC contracts. The bill includes $110 million for new Section 202 homes, including a $10 million set-aside for intergenerational housing. The bill would provide $14 million for a two-year extension of HUD’s Integrated Wellness in Supportive Housing 40-site demonstration. The bill includes language asking HUD to brief appropriators on what changes might be made to the Rental Assistance Demonstration to help Section 202/PRACs in high cost areas to participate in RAD conversions to the Section 8 platform.

Overall, the House’s bill is $4.6 billion above the HUD’s FY20 enacted funding level. The bill includes a 25% increase to the HOME program and increases to both the public housing operating and capital funds.

In a new twist, the bill also includes $49 billion in emergency infrastructure investments for HUD, including $2.5 billion for new Section 202 homes. These funds would be outside of the regular appropriations process.

See LeadingAge's FY21 affordable senior housing priorities here.