House VA/HUD Subcommittee Vote Leaves HOPWA with Flat Funding for FY 97
House Labor/HSS Subcommittee to Mark-Up Monday, June 10th Prevention, AETC, Consolidated Budget Especially Vulnerable
May 31, 1996
House VA/HUD Subcommittee Flat-Funds HOPWA:
Yesterday, the House VA/HUD Appropriations Subcommittee passed its FY 97 bill, which once again flat-funds HOPWA at $171 million. While the subcommittee had about $2 billion more overall for programs in its bill than it had in FY 96, most of the increases went to restoring funding for EPA, which was drastically cut in FY 96, and to increasing veterans' health care programs. The subcommittee did increase HUD's budget from $19.1 billion in FY 96 to $20 billion in FY 97, but the increases went to covering the cost of renewing section 8 rental assistance programs. While some programs like HOPWA, McKinney/HAG, and HOME were flat-funded, others were cut -- including CDBG, section 202 (housing for the elderly) and section 811 (housing for people with disabilities generally)
The full House Appropriations Committee is tentatively scheduled to mark-up the FY 97 VA/HUD bill the week of June 10th, and the full House may vote on the bill shortly thereafter. We are exploring whether or not we can find sponsors to offer an amendment to increase FY 97 funding for HOPWA in the House bill, but even then we would need to find offsets from some other program -- an almost impossible task given how badly housing programs fared in general. Therefore, our best bet may be to wage a full-scale battle to get HOPWA funding increased in the Senate bill, and then fight to keep that increase when the bill goes to the conference committee.
HOPWA Funding History
Fiscal Year 1995--
Fiscal Year 1997--
Number of Eligible Jurisdictions: 87-90 (estimated) Federal Funding Amount: $171 million (level funding)
House Labor/HHS Subcommittee -- Prevention, CARE, AETCs & Research:
The House Labor/HHS Subcommittee is now scheduled to mark-up (vote on) its FY 97 appropriations bill on Monday, June 10th. The bill may go to the full appropriations committee shortly thereafter. As reported in the 5/23/96 Action Alert, securing increased funding for Ryan White, HIV prevention, and the AIDS Education and Training Centers may be very difficult. We are particularly concerned about HIV prevention programs, which were cut by $5.5 million in FY 96. For FY 97, the limited pot of money available for L/HHS programs overall, combined with recent negative press about CDC's prevention programs, could result in additional cuts in prevention funding for FY 1997. Representatives need to hear from you about how important community-based prevention programs are to stemming the spread of HIV in your communities.
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