The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, Public Housing Authorities are an instrumental part of revitalizing and empowering our communities; and

WHEREAS, the nation's public housing authorities are struggling to provide services to those in dire need of public housing because of a lack of federal funding; and

WHEREAS, locally based housing assistance helps stabilize low income households and reduces relevant costs to state and local government for services to low income families, children and seniors; and

WHEREAS, the public housing program provides homes for 1.1 million low-income families, over half of whom are elderly or disabled; and

WHEREAS, public housing is a national asset worth over $100 billion; and

WHEREAS, the Public Housing Operating Fund supports the operation of public housing including maintenance, security, and social services for residents; and

WHEREAS, since 2003, public housing residents have been feeling the effects of $1.16 billion in cuts to funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund; and

WHEREAS, the Public Housing Capital Fund supports the capital needs of public housing; and

WHEREAS, there is an estimated backlog of capital improvements needs for public housing estimated between $18 and 20 billion; and

WHEREAS, funding allocated by Congress for the Capital Fund has decreased 24% since 2001 despite the burgeoning backlog of capital needs; and

WHEREAS, on December 28, 2006, HUD notified housing authorities that the operating fund would be funded at 76% of the need to run safe, decent housing for calendar year 2007. This funding amounts to a $1.0 billion shortfall; and

WHEREAS, HUD is attempting to implement a new and inflexible Public Housing Operating Fund Rule that will require housing authorities to spend significantly more to operate than under the existing system; and

WHEREAS, Public Housing Authorities have had to respond to these cuts with the elimination services and staff; for example, the City of Philadelphia has had to reduce its PHA staff by over 300 and the City of Trenton by about 50%.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors calls upon Congress to fully fund the Public Housing Operating Fund at $5 billion for fiscal year 2008; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the United States Conference of Mayors supports the full funding of Public Housing Capital Fund at $3.5 billion for the 2008 fiscal year; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors supports a delay in the implementation of the Public Housing Operating Fund Rule until the new rule can be tested and proven to be effective.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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