Alliance Online News: Millions of Americans under Severe Housing Cost Burden, Report Says

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Newsletters | July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013    
 
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Report: Millions of Americans under Severe Housing Cost Burden

As the housing sector makes a steady recovery, 20.6 million households must pay more than half their household income on housing, a record high, according to a new report from the Harvard Research Center. Seven out of ten of those households subsist on annual incomes roughly equivalent to year-round employment at the minimum wage.

Released by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies The State of The Nation's Housing 2013 finds that rising home prices and growing demand are driving the housing recovery, but that long-term vacancies, delinquent mortgages, and home ownership rates show that not everyone is benefiting from the recovery.

Read the Report

 

 
Hill Update

Senate Appropriations Committee Marks Up FY 2014 Appropriations Bill
On Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. ET, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its FY 2014 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and HUD, which was released and voted on by the Subcommittee on Tuesday, June 25. The bill includes the following funding provisions:
  • $2.26 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, a $331 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $121 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
    • This allocation includes $336 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant program to prevent families from becoming homeless or to rapidly re-house those experiencing homelessness;
  • $19.6 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Tenant Based Rental Assistance account, a $1.942 billion increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $396 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
    • $75 million of which is designated toward funding 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers for homeless veterans, meeting the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • $10.8 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) account for the renewal of project-based contracts, a $1.949 billion increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $522 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $6.6 billion for Public Housing, a $769 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $61 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $3.15 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a $355 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $366 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $1 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, a $52 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $55 million above the President's Budget Proposal.

To view the press release from the Subcommittee hearing please click here. To view a webcast of the hearing please click here. To view the press release from the full Committee hearing please click here. To view a webcast of the hearing please click here.

House Appropriations Committee Marks Up FY 2014 Appropriations Bill
On Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. ET, the House Appropriations Committee marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which was released and voted on by the Subcommittee on Wednesday, June 19. The bill includes $28.5 billion for HUD, $5 billion less than the FY 2013 enacted level and $3 billion below the post-sequestration level. The bill includes the following funding provisions:

  • $2.088 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program, a nearly $160 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $293 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $18.611 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Tenant Based Rental Assistance account, a $100 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 levels but $800 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
    • The Section 8 allocation also includes $75 million for about 10,000 new joint Departments of HUD and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, matching the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • $5.762 billion for public housing, a

    $69 million decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $838 million below the President's Budget Proposal;

  • $1.637 billion for the Community Development Block Grants, a $1.158 billion decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $1.161 billion below the President's Budget Proposal; and
  • $700 million for HOME, a $248 million decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $248 million below the President's Budget Proposal.

To view the full Committee's draft text of the legislation, please click here. To view a webcast of the full Committee hearing please click here.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Holds Hearing on Federal Minimum Wage On Tuesday, June 25, at 2:45 p.m. ET, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the 75th anniversary of the federal minimum wage. Witnesses emphasized the importance of raising the federal minimum wage in order for workers to have more "take-home pay" which would in turn provide a boost to the economy. The President has proposed that the minimum wage be raised from the current $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour. To view the webcast of the hearing, please click here.

House Financial Services Subcommittee Holds Hearing on HUD Moving-to-Work Program
On Wednesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. ET, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to examine HUD's Moving-to-Work program. The witnesses urged the Committee to make the Moving-to-Work Program permanent, due to its ability to greatly aid communities in the process of securing both employment and affordable housing for individuals. For more information about the hearing, including witness testimonies, please click here.

Congress on Recess
Both the House and Senate are on recess for the July 4 holiday. Both chambers will return next Monday, July 8.

Conference Reminder: Registration, Accommodations, Cancellations

Conference Registration
Due to registration for the Alliance's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness reaching capacity earlier than anticipated, the Alliance has closed registration. Those of you who were unable to register before it closed but would still like to attend are encouraged to join the conference registration wait list. To do so, please email your name, organization, and email address to the Alliance's Development and Administrative Associate Jennifer Olney at
jolney@naeh.org. Should a spot become available, we will contact you and register you at the rate in effect the day you joined the wait list.
  • Registrants added to the list on or before 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 10 will be charged the late rate of $700.
Conference Accommodations
Sleeping rooms at the conference hotel, the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, have sold out, but the Alliance has secured overflow sleeping rooms at nearby hotels. To learn more about the overflow options, please visit the regularly updated Hotel Information page of the conference website.

Conference Cancellations
Should you need to cancel your conference registration, please note that the Alliance will charge a $25 cancellation fee and a $100 processing fee for cancellations received in writing on or prior to Monday, July 8. After that date, no refunds for cancellations will be granted. To learn more about the cancellation policy, please visit the Cancellations page of the conference website.

 
 
 
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