2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, almost 3 million low-income Americans live in public housing that is operated by 3,200 local public housing authorities (PHAs); and

WHEREAS, public housing provides a critical affordable housing resource in communities across the country; and

WHEREAS, in fiscal year 2002, a $ 250 million shortfall in the Public Housing Operating Fund account led to a serious financial crisis in almost one quarter of the nation's PHAs that could have resulted in these agencies shutting down at the end of March, 2003; and

WHEREAS, in order to avert financial ruin for these agencies, Congress allowed HUD to use funds appropriated in fiscal year 2003 to make up for the shortfall, resulting all PHAs being underfunded by at least 10% in fiscal year 2003; and

WHEREAS, PHAs across the country have been deferring needed maintenance, reducing staff and resident services because of this funding shortage; and

WHEREAS, Congress, HUD, and independent expert of acknowledged that the public housing stock needs over $ 20 billion in capital improvements to bring it up to modern standards; and

WHEREAS, HUD's proposed budget for fiscal year 2004 (1) does not provide sufficient operating funds to make-up for the current shortfall or provide adequate resources for next year; and (2) does not seek any Capital Fund monies to address the backlog modernization needs in public housing,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports full funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund and Capital Fund to ensure the preservation of this important affordable housing resource and, as part of the fiscal year 2004 HUD appropriations, calls on Congress to provide $ 4.1 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund and $ 3.5 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund.