Senate Debates Bill That Includes Cuts to Housing
July 26, 2013
This week, the Senate began debate on S.1243, the Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill. This bill will determine the levels of funding given to important housing and development bills next year. Study after study has shown that housing stability is a key factor in seeking and adhering to treatment for HIV, so inadequate funding has the potential to negatively affect the lives of people with HIV who struggle to find or maintain housing.
In particular, the housing- and development-related amendments most troublesome to HIV advocates are #1768, which would cut HOME Investment Partnership funding by $50 million; #1758, which would cut Community Development funding by $360 million; #1753, which would eliminate the Interagency Council on Homelessness; and #1754, which threatens Homeless Assistance Grants. Votes on these amendments are expected when debate on this bill continues next week. The House is expected to begin debate on their version of THUD early next week.
This article was provided by AIDS United. It is a part of the publication AIDS United Policy Update. Visit AIDS United's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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