By Vicki Needham - 07/01/10 10:40 PM EDT
Public transportation programs stand to get $11.3 billion, $508 million above President Barack Obama's request, with an aim to deal with a nationwide maintenance backlog for fixed guideway and bus systems.
For Housing and Urban Development, the bill includes $19.5 billion for Section 8 tenant-based rental assistance, $886 million above last year to renew all vouchers in use. The funding will provide 10,000 new vouchers for homeless veterans through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, which is funded at $75 million.
The measure includes $825 million in funding housing for the elderly, $300 million for people with disabilities, restoring cuts proposed in the budget request of $551 million and $210 million, respectively.
It also provides $200 million for HOPE VI — a $65 million increase over fiscal 2010 — a program providing grants to rehabilitate severely distressed public housing.
Homeless Assistance grants get $2.1 billion for permanent and transitional housing for homeless families and individuals.
The measure also includes $150 million for a Sustainable Communities Initiative for HUD, the Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency to work on providing better combined housing and transportation options.
Another $1.43 billion goes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
A total of $3.2 billion is provided for Amtrak.