On November 14, House and Senate appropriators reached agreement on a “minibus” appropriations measure (H.R. 2112) that includes FY 2012 funding for HUD programs. The conference report addresses the Public Housing Operating Fund, Public Housing Capital Fund, HOPE VI, Section 8 tenant-based and project-based programs, as well as HUD’s community development and affordable housing programs.
In a recent New York Times editorial, the Obama Administration and Congress were criticized for considering cutting spending for HUD’s budget. The editorial describes governments’ history of cutting public housing programs and the effects cutting community development programs all together could have on the economy.
In other news, the NAHRO 2011 National Conference and Exhibition took place in St. Louis this week.
In an Op-Ed piece published in the New York Times over the weekend, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew provides a preview of President Obama's FY 2012 budget, which will be released on Monday, February 14.