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FY 2018 Housing Program Funding Update

Friday, March 23, 2018  
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Wednesday night, congressional leaders released a $1.3 trillion omnibus FY 2018 spending bill that would fund the government through September 30, 2018, which is the end of the federal 2018 fiscal year. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and by the Senate last night. It has been sent to the President for his signature.

This is a rejection of the cuts previously proposed by the House and Administration, which included plans to eliminate many core HUD programs. The bill funds HUD $4.7 billion above FY 2017 and provides the most significant funding increase for the Older Americans Act and other aging programs since 2010.

Details of the bill include:

  • The Section 202 Service Coordinator program was funded $15 million above FY 2017, for a total of $90 million.
  • The Section 202 Supportive Housing Program for the Elderly received $678 million, up from $502 million in FY 2017.
  • The Public Housing Capital Fund, which administers ROSS Grants, received $2.75 billion, an increase of 42% from last year.
  • The ROSS program received $35 million (level funding from 2017).
  • The FSS program received $75 million (level funding from 2017).

These increases are a testament to the advocacy of aging organizations across the country, including your advocacy in response to our Action Alert on March 13.

For a breakdown of the bill’s affects on key programs, view the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s (n4a) initial analysis.

We encourage you to reach out to your Members of Congress and thank them for increasing federal allocations to service coordinator and aging programs. AASC will continue its advocacy efforts to increase funding for the FY 2019 appropriations bills. Enjoy this victory, and let it provide you with encouragement for our future advocacy efforts!