Preliminary Analysis of the HUD Provisions of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY 2008
 For more information on the original conference bill, see the CBPP paper, "HUD Bill Avoids Deep Cuts in 2008: President’s Veto Threat Risks Loss of Housing Assistance for Low-Income Families."
 These figures are based on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) analysis of the omnibus bill. The inflation-adjusted 2007 funding levels used for comparison are based on CBO’s March 2007 baseline estimate.
 The omnibus bill text released prior to the House vote showed $14.695 for voucher renewals, an amount identical to the original conference report. As noted above, however, total funding for the Section 8 voucher account was reduced by $45 million, including a $10 million reduction in funding for vouchers for the Family Unification Program. The source of the remaining $35 million in reductions is left unclear in the bill. We assume that the remaining $35 million in reductions will come out of the renewal account.
 The omnibus bill provides only dollar amounts for the incremental vouchers, and does not specify the number of vouchers funded. The figure provided here is based on CBPP’s estimate of the national average cost of a housing voucher in 2008. The actual number of vouchers funded may be higher or lower depending on local costs where the vouchers are awarded. The HUD-VASH program funds supportive housing for low-income veterans with serious mental health or substance abuse problems. Under the program, HUD-provided rental assistance is combined with supportive services funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The Family Unification Program provides rental assistance needed to reunify families with children in foster care or to prevent children from entering foster care.
 In addition to these program cuts, the omnibus reduced HUD’s administrative accounts by $20 million, and rescinded an additional $10M from the Rent Supplement program.
 Again, program-level funding comparisons in this paper are based on 2007 figures that are not adjusted for inflation.
 This cut figure takes into account the Administration’s proposed rescission of $356 million from economic development and neighborhood initiatives. Because no such initiatives were funded in FY 2007, meeting the Administration’s HUD budget target would have required making a $356 million reduction in other HUD accounts. We assumed that the entire reduction would have been born by CDBG formula grants, which make up over 90 percent of community development funding administered by HUD.
 See Division K, Section 409.