NJ Housing and Homeless Advocates Organize to Oppose Federal Budget Threats in Washington DC
Last Friday, the United States inaugurated President Donald Trump as our country’s 45th president and the deep federal budget cuts were proposed.
The Hill broke the story last Thursday and summed up the dramatic impact of the federal budget cuts.
“Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.”
The Trump team “are laying the groundwork for the so-called skinny budget — a 175- to 200-page document that will spell out the main priorities of the incoming Trump administration, along with summary tables. That document is expected to come out within 45 days of Trump taking office.
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“The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own. To secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency.”
This is not a time for complacency. Vigilance. This moment demands it.
We need not only to be active at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Hill Day in April and at the New Jersey Congressional Reception in July, but every day to ensure that we are “keeping our eyes on the prize – ending homelessness and housing poverty, once and for all.”
The future of our combined work to end homelessness and create affordable housing is threatened. The administration’s full budget, including appropriations language, supplementary materials and long-term analysis, is expected to be released toward the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, or by mid- to late April.”
Slate focused on some of the more acute cuts which include eliminating all 25 VAWA programs “all 25 of the grant programs managed by the Office on Violence Against Women, housed in the Department of Justice.
The grants, established by 1994’s Violence Against Women Act and other federal legislation, go to organizations working to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and elder abuse.”
Slate also summarized the impact on a broader scale “A trillion in cuts per year is a lot of money given that the annual federal budget is only about $3.8 trillion total! But the numbers in the Hill’s piece don’t come anywhere close to squaring with the details it gives.
Without cutting defense or entitlement spending, it’s going to be pretty much impossible—short of eliminating every other part of the federal government—to get to $1 trillion in cuts every year. That’s especially true given that Trump also just promised that “everybody” will have insurance under his Affordable Care Act replacement bill.”
As we have said before we have our work cut out for us in the coming years. The threats to critical affordable and supportive housing programs that serve the poorest households and those with disabilities are real and significant.
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