HUD has requested $10.76 billion for the Project-Based Section 8 account in FY 16. The amount requested for contract renewals is $10.55 billion. HUD also intends to complete the conversion to a calendar year funding cycle in FY 16.
NAHMA will also be hosting two conference calls to discuss HUDs FY 16 budget request for Project-Based Section 8 and our legislative strategy to ensure the program receives full funding. NAHMAs advocacy consultants, Bill Simpson (a former Senate Appropriations Committee professional staff member) and Melody Fennel (a former HUD Assistant Secretary and Senate Banking Committee professional staff member), will provide early feedback from key congressional offices about the adequacy of HUDs request. They will also explain the simple, proactive steps NAHMA members can take to ensure this essential program receives full funding in the appropriations process, and why it is so important that all NAHMA members ask Congress to fully fund Project-Based Section 8 before mid-March.
To make sure we can accomodate as many members as possible, we will host calls on February 18 and 20. Each call is scheduled to begin at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time. Please RSVP to this email and let me know which call you would like to join: Feb. 18 at 2:00 or Feb. 20 at 2:00. We need to keep a count in case we have to add more phone lines. The substance of each call will be the same, so there is no need to sign up for both.
At this time, we plan to use the following phone number and access code:
Toll free number: 1-800-377-8846
Participant code: 80093908#
However, the number may change depending on the number of lines needed, so please do RSVP for only one of the dates as soon as you can.
More information will be distributed as the call dates approach. For a head start, please visit NAHMA Maps to find your lawmakers; you may also use this recently published NAHMAnalysis which outlines the leadership and member roster for the Congressional committees and subcommittees with oversight of affordable housing programs.