White House Asks Congress for 15% Increase to HUD Funding

Regulation | April 09, 2021 | by Linda Couch

On April 9, the White House delivered its topline funding requests for fiscal year 2022 (FY22) to Senate and House appropriators. The topline request seeks a 15.1%, or $9 billion, increase to HUD funding compared to fiscal year 2021 funding.

On April 9, the White House delivered its topline funding requests for fiscal year 2022 (FY22) to Senate and House appropriators. The topline request seeks a 15.1%, or $9 billion, increase to HUD funding compared to fiscal year 2021 funding.

The request includes $180 million to support 2,000 units of new permanently affordable housing for older adults and persons with disabilities through the Section 202 and Section 811 program, respectively, but does not say how much the requested level for each program.

The request also demonstrates a commitment to not just renewing existing rental assistance contracts, but investing in these communities with funding to modernize and improve for “energy efficiency, resilience, and safety in HUD-assisted housing.” According to the request, HUD-supported rental properties collectively provide 2.3 million affordable homes to low-income families. The funding request not only fully funds the operating costs across this portfolio, but also provides $800 million in new investments across HUD programs for modernization and rehabilitation aimed at energy efficiency and resilience to climate change impacts like increasingly frequent and severe wildfires and floods. These retrofits would help lower the costs and improve the quality of public and HUD-assisted housing while creating good-paying jobs.

The request seeks funding for 200,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers, a $500 million increase to the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and a $500 million increase for Homeless Assistance Grants to support more than 100,000 additional households, helping prevent and reduce homelessness.

In her transmittal of the request to appropriators, White House Office of Management and Budget Shalanda D. Young said, “This year’s appropriations process arrives during one of the most difficult periods in the Nation’s history. America is confronting four compounding crises of unprecedented scope and scale all at the same time: a once-in-a-century pandemic that has claimed more than half a million American lives and counting; a punishing economic crisis that has left nearly 10 million out of work and millions more struggling, has eroded years of progress women have made in the labor force, and has widened the divide between those at the very top and the rest of America; a national reckoning on racial inequity centuries in the making; and the growing threat of climate change to America’s people and the economy.”

HUD praised the request. “Addressing our nation’s urgent housing challenges and building a more affordable, equitable, and resilient housing system demands strong federal leadership backed by robust federal funding,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge in a statement.

Enhances Household Mobility and Neighborhood Choice. In addition to expanding the Housing Choice Voucher program to serve 200,000 more families, the discretionary request for the program includes funding for mobility-related supportive services to provide low-income families who live in racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty with greater options to move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods.

LeadingAge welcomes the increases in funding levels sought by the request. Given rising homelessness among older adults as well severe housing cost burdens among older adult households with the lowest incomes, expanding the affordable housing supply is critical. LeadingAge looks forward to partnering with HUD and other housing advocates to secure meaningful funding for new housing, service coordinators, internet, and age-friendly retrofits in both the FY22 HUD appropriations bill and the infrastructure package.