Advocacy Corner, Issue 3 of 2021, Feb. 17, 2021

From the Desk of Brian Fuss
Policy & Program Director

Good Afternoon,   

As I noted last week in Issue 2 of 2021, Governor Wolf unveiled his 2021-2022 budget. Therefore, the House and Senate will be holding hearing with the various department secretaries throughout February, March, and April.  

Just to recap, the Governor’s budget did not address housing instability directly. For 2021-2022, the Administration seeks to spend $37.837B on education, criminal justice, and human services. 

For the week ahead, the Housing Alliance will be watching the Department of Community & Economic Development budget hearing on 2/22/21. 

On the national level, the Housing Alliance anxiously waits for the FAQ or guidance from the US Treasury on the December 2020 COVID emergency rental and utility assistance program. Also, we are waiting to hear the final details of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9T plan to ensure the Commonwealth and every state come back strong.   

Have a great week,   

PS: If there is some local legislation you believe the Housing Alliance should follow, please let Brian know.  

National Updates

As soon as we have more information on the American Rescue Plan or the US Treasury FAQ, we will let you know.  

Our partner, the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC), submitted comments to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors regarding the Community Reinvestment Act modernization reform. Specifically, input was due by 2/16/21 on “modernizing the regulations that implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) by strengthening, clarifying, and tailoring them to reflect the current banking landscape and better meet the core purpose of the CRA.”1 AHTCC is strongly urging the Board to continue to incentivize investments in affordable housing and address CRA-driven distortions in investment between different regions.2  

Another partner, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), is urging President Biden and HUD-Secretary designate Fudge to improve the CDC Eviction Moratorium. NLIHC urges the administration to make all of the protections automatic and universal, set up a renter hotline, and revise the FAQ issued by CDC.  

Commonwealth Update

Since the House and Senate are conducting budget hearings, much of the legislation is still in their respective committees.