Advocacy is needed to support efforts to permanently authorize and fund the HPF prior to the expiration of the program’s authorization to receive funding after September 2023. The Historic Preservation Enhancement Act (H.R. 6589), introduced by Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would permanently authorize funding for the HPF and double the amount the HPF is authorized to receive from $150 million to $300 million annually. The legislation also ensures the HPF receives $300 million annually as part of the appropriations process.
Now that Congress has appropriated more funding than is deposited into the HPF account each year, it is time for Congress to reauthorize the program at an amount that accounts for inflation. If enacted, the Historic Preservation Enhancement Act would represent the first increase the HPF is authorized to receive each year since its inception in 1976 and provide much-needed updates to the program