August 24, 2005
2006 VOUCHER RENEWAL FUNDING CALCULATOR
Press Release: HTM | PDF
Report: HTM | PDF
State-by-State Fact Sheets
Summary Appendix: HTM | PDF
National Summary Table
"How Would Your Housing Agency Fare"
NLHA Sign-on Letter
Highlights Package, 7pp.
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The funding calculator is designed for use by housing agencies and others with access to detailed data on state and local voucher programs. The calculator estimates how much voucher renewal funding a particular housing agency would receive under versions of the 2006 HUD appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and by the Senate Appropriations Committee, how many vouchers that funding is likely to support, and how many vouchers the agency may be required to cut.
These estimates are likely to be more accurate than the CBPP estimates available on the internet at https://www.cbpp.org/8-24-05hous-states.htm, because housing agencies will have data that are more recent than the data we had access to at the time we conducted our analysis. In order to help us better understand the likely effects of the bill, we would be interested in receiving completed calculators from users. If you are willing to share your results please save the filled-in calculator and e-mail it to [email protected].
To calculate funding and cut levels, users should enter data into the cells shaded yellow. Some users may wish to enter their own data in the additional cells that are shaded blue. These cells are set up to estimate per-unit costs using default formulas and the information provided by users in the yellow cells. Users who have access to local information that enables them to estimate per-unit costs more accurately can simply enter estimates in these cells like they did in the yellow cells. The remaining cells (shaded green) contain formulas that automatically calculate funding outcomes under the provisions of the House and Senate bills. A more detailed explanation of how to use the calculator is contained in the worksheet labeled “instructions” in the calculator spreadsheet.
For additional information on the House and Senate bills and the issues they raise, see https://www.cbpp.org/8-24-05hous.htm. Except where users are entering new data, the calculator makes the same assumptions regarding the implementation of the House and Senate bills as CBPP’s estimates. For additional information on those assumptions, see https://www.cbpp.org/8-24-05hous-meth.pdf.
Agencies Facing Special Circumstances
Two groups of state and local housing agencies face special circumstances that affect the interpretation of the calculator results:
- Agencies receiving tenant protection vouchers. The estimates generated by the funding calculator do not include funding that housing agencies would receive for some tenant protection vouchers issued in 2004 and 2005. Agencies will be eligible for added funds beyond the levels estimated by the calculator for most vouchers issued in 2005 (in most cases the amount added due to 2005 tenant protection vouchers will be close to the same under both bills) and may also receive added funds for some vouchers issued in 2004. The calculator contains a separate worksheet to help housing agencies estimate the amount of funds they could receive for tenant protection vouchers issued in 2004.
- Moving to Work agencies: About 30 housing agencies currently participate in the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program. Some of these housing agencies operate under MTW agreements that have no bearing on the amount of voucher funding they receive. Users can use the calculator to estimate funding levels for these agencies just as they could for any other agency. About 20 other MTW agencies, however, operate under agreements that establish different rules for determining those agencies’ voucher funding levels.
The Senate bill stipulates that MTW agencies will receive funding levels in accordance with their MTW agreements, except that they will be subject to the same proration reduction as other agencies. In most cases the funding rules under MTW agreements differ substantially from the funding rules the Senate bill establishes for other agencies, so users should consult the agreements — rather than the calculator — for information on how much pre-proration funding those agencies would receive under the Senate bill. The House bill, by contrast, funds both MTW agencies and other agencies based on their 2005 pre-proration funding level adjusted for inflation, so users can use the calculator to project MTW agency’s funding levels accurately. Because some MTW agreements permit agencies to use voucher renewal funds for purposes other than voucher subsidies, however, calculator estimates of the number of vouchers funded or cut at such agencies under both the House and Senate bills may be inaccurate.