In typically late fashion, Congress completed an appropriations bill for 2008 in December. The 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was signed by the President on December 26, 2007, and is now in effect.

Faced with veto threats over spending levels, the final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget contained some marginal improvements in appropriations and other items. However, the long-term trend of decline in HUD appropriations has only been moderated, not reversed.

Herewith are the highlights of the HUD 2008 budget, broken out by the major constituents of the HUD budget: Section 8, Community Planning and Development, and Public Housing.

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By Harold Shultz