Housing Choice Vouchers, FY23 Funding

U.S. Senate bill: A bill number will not be assigned until the funding measure has been introduced. — FY23 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

Committees:

Senate Committee on Appropriations

Status:

A draft bill has been released.

Cosponsors:

0 (see all cosponsors)

Traditionally, appropriations bills are not cosponsored.  

U.S. House bill: H.R. 8294 — FY23 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

Committees:

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation-Housing & Urban Development (THUD)

Status:

The House Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee has been marked up and passed by the House.

Cosponsors:

0 (see all cosponsors)

Traditionally, appropriations bills are not cosponsored.  

Impact

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. 

Recent studies have demonstrated that rental assistance is critical to reducing homelessness, improving outcomes for children and families, and lifting people out of poverty.  Vouchers work, but three out of four low-income renters at-risk of homelessness do not receive assistance because of limited funds. 

The Alliance supports funding for Tenant-Based “Section 8” Rental Assistance (TBRA) in FY23 at $32.1 billion, consistent with the Administration’s request:

“The Housing Choice Voucher program currently provides 2.3 million low-income families with rental assistance to obtain housing in the private market. The Budget provides $32.1 billion, an increase of $6.4 billion—including emergency funding—over the 2021 enacted level, to maintain services for all currently assisted families and to expand assistance to an additional 200,000 households compared to the 2021 level, particularly those who are experiencing homelessness or fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence or other forms of gender-based violence. The Budget also funds mobility-related supportive services to provide low-income families with greater options to move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods.”

The Alliance strongly supports the Administration’s recommendation for increasing spending on vouchers in FY23, as a down-payment on the ultimate goal of ensuring adequate rental assistance for every eligible household. 

 

Summary

The Alliance urges Congress to provide $32.1 billion in FY23 funding for Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA), the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market, as a down-payment on providing rental assistance to all eligible households. 

The House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill called for a $31B increase in FY23 TBRA funding, while the Senate version of that bill would fund the program at $30.2B.  

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