Congress should provide full funding, though regular Congressional order, of affordable housing and community development programs to maximize the potential of all Americans and meet the needs of the nation’s communities. It is incredibly difficult for housing and community development agencies to provide access to safe, secure housing when they are not certain what their funding will be in a certain year. This uncertainty impacts the public housing program, voucher utilization, and delays funding from important programs like the Public Housing Capital Fund, Choice Neighborhoods, and Community Development Block Grants. In a climate characterized by Congressional gridlock, it is more important than ever for Congress, HUD, and other federal agencies to function efficiently and effectively through sensible program design, regulation, and timely funding of federal programs.

  • Maintain a federal commitment to housing assistance and community development by prioritizing the appropriations process to ensure that portions of the federal government, including HUD, do not shut down and can deploy housing and community development funding.
  • Pass annual appropriations bills in a timely manner and do not rely on continuing resolutions to fund the government.
  • Ensure common-sense improvements to federal housing and community development programs are enacted and properly implemented.