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HUD Awards, Furloughs, Lobbying Call; CBO Report on Grant Making

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Continuum of Care (CoC) Program awards: These were announced this week, with approximately $1.54 billion being awarded. The CoC Program provides funding for transitional and permanent housing and supportive services.

Furloughs: They naturally follow from sequestration, with budget cuts hitting the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a federal employee union challenging HUD's planned 7-day shutdown (nonconsecutive) beginning in May. The Merit Systems Protection Board expects a so-called tidal wave of furlough appeals from federal employees from various agencies.

Call to Restore Funding: This was made by HUD secretary Shaun Donovan this week, who urged the audience at the National Leagues of Cities (NLC) 2013 City Congressional Conference to lobby Congress to restore HUD funding, in particular for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. CDBGs are considered some of the most versatile grants offered by the federal government, allowing municipalities considerable flexibility in how they’re used. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) estimates CDBG cuts at about $147 million for FY2013; HOME cuts are approximately $50 million

The Congressional Budget Office: It recently released a report on federal grant making trends to state and local governments. The report provides analysis of historical grant making rationale (see page 4), with a look to future funding trends. It serves as a refreshing refresher on grant types and their functions.

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