Housing Choice Vouchers, FY22 Funding

U.S. Senate bill: A bill number will not be assigned until the funding measure has been introduced. — FY22 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

Committees:

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

Cosponsors:

(see all cosponsors)

Traditionally, appropriations bills are not cosponsored.  

U.S. House bill: H.R. 4550 — FY22 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

Committees:

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

Status:

The measure was combined with several other appropriations bills and passed by the House on July 29.

Cosponsors:

(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. 

That’s why the Biden Administration has already proposed extending vouchers to 200,000 additional households in its FY22 budget request:

“At a time when millions of families are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, the discretionary request proposes to provide $30.4 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers, expanding vital housing assistance to 200,000 more families, with a focus on those who are homeless or fleeing domestic violence.”

The Alliance strongly supports the Administration’s recommendation for increasing spending on vouchers in FY22, as a down-payment on the ultimate goal of ensuring adequate rental assistance for every eligible household. 

The House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill, which was passed by the House on July 29, would increase funding by $29.2 billion.  The comparable legislation will be marked up by the Senate in September.  

Summary

The Alliance urges Congress to provide at least $30.4 billion in FY22 funding for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), 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-HUD Appropriations Bill, which was passed by the House on July 29, would increase funding by $29.2 billion.  The comparable legislation will be marked up by the Senate in September.  

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