Federal Funding Set Through December 11

Legislation | October 01, 2020 | by Linda Couch

The President has signed into law a continuing resolution (CR), keeping federal programs funded at fiscal year 2020 levels until December 11. The 11-week CR was necessary because none of the 12 annual appropriations bills, including the bill that funds all HUD programs, were enacted prior to the October 1 start of fiscal year 2021.

The President has signed into law a continuing resolution (CR), keeping federal programs funded at fiscal year 2020 levels until December 11. The 11-week CR was necessary because none of the 12 annual appropriations bills, including the bill that funds all HUD programs, were enacted prior to the October 1 start of fiscal year 2021.

In addition to funding programs at last year’s funding levels, the CR includes several “anomalies,” or adjustments, to address program peculiarities. Among these are two anomalies related to affordable senior housing.

The first continues funding for HUD’s 40-site Integrated Wellness in Supportive Housing (IWISH) demonstration program until December 11. Without inclusion in the CR, the IWISH program would have sunsetted on September 30, 2020. The second allows HUD to spend funding on Section 202 PRAC renewals at a rate necessary to keep pace with these renewals. LeadingAge is pleased the CR includes these needed anomalies.

The House passed the CR on September 22; the Senate passed the same CR on September 30. The President signed the CR very early on October 1, the first day of fiscal year 2021.

During its post-election lame-duck session, Congress must now pass another CR or enact federal spending bills prior to December 11.