Share your ideas on SHA’s 2019 budget

By Shelly Yapp

SHA Chief Financial Officer

Thanks in part to the advocacy of public housing residents and voucher holders in communities around the country, including here in Seattle, we have good news coming out of Congress on the 2018, and likely 2019, federal budgets for housing and services for people with low incomes.

In early February 2018, Congress passed and the president signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This act raised the budget spending ceilings for defense and non-defense discretionary budgets for both 2018 and 2019.

Among other federal agencies, the non-defense discretionary budget includes funding for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs such as public housing operating subsidies and capital grants, Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance, McKinney-Vento homeless assistance grants and community development block grants.

In March, Congress passed the 2018 budget, which preserved and even slightly increased HUD’s budget, which has not been keeping up with demand for many years. Congress is just entering its federal appropriations process for 2019. And SHA is hoping that the budget actions of Congress in 2018 bode well for prospects in 2019.

In mid-May you can help SHA choose priorities for next year by completing the online 2019 Community Budget Priorities Survey. Go to www.seattlehousing.org and click on the survey link. Thank you very much for your continued interest and engagement.

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