Fiscal 2019 Appropriations: Let's Keep Our Momentum Going

Legislation | April 23, 2018 | by Barbara Gay

Appropriations committees in both the House and Senate are beginning work on spending measures for the 2019 fiscal year that begins on October 1. Please help us maintain and build on the gains we achieved in funding for affordable housing and home- and community-based services programs under the fiscal 2018 spending measure signed into law on March 23, 2018.

Last month, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Consolidated 2018 Appropriations Act, which provided increased funding for Section 202 and Section 811 housing programs, as well as for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, nutrition programs under the Older Americans Act and other supportive services programs for elders.

We  have heard that the Administration is developing a rescission measure to be submitted to Congress, calling for billions of dollars in the 2018 spending bill to be clawed back. The funding provided in that bill is the first significant new construction money the Section 202 program has received in many years. In view of the rapid growth of our senior population, a rescission of the funding just appropriated would go in a completely wrong direction.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, April 25, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will hold a hearing on fiscal 2019 funding for housing programs. This hearing is the first step in the annual appropriations process for senior housing for next year.

We have to make sure that 2018 funding is retained and that we are able to build on this progress in 2019. Please thank your members of Congress for the funding provided this year and urge them to pass 2019 appropriations that will enable us to keep our housing and services momentum going.