Now is the Time to Call Your Elected Officials in DC and Ask them to Support FY17 and FY18 Funding to Prevent Deep Cuts by the White House
The White House has proposed $18 billion in cuts to Non-Defense Spending (NDD) including $1.75B from HUD to offset increases in defense spending in the current fiscal year (FY17).
The FY17 Budget continuing resolution ends on April 28, 2017. Around the same time, Congress will be raising the debt ceiling. In the past, this has always been a time when significant budget cuts have been imposed.
The proposed cuts to HUD funding are:
- Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is eliminated
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is cut by 50%. This is a $40.6M cut for NJ.
- Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) including Capacity Building and Home Rehabilitation are eliminated.
- Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NRC) is cut by 43%
In addition, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) would be cut 86% and CSBG by 57%.
All these cuts are for the current year and do not replace any of the larger cuts proposed for FY18 as we have reported on NJ Affordable Homes and Safety Net Programs Shredded by Trump’s $6B HUD Budget Cut.
Monarch Housing has published an article on the FY17 Budget and the need to reach out to members of Congress to get them to oppose the cuts and sign Dear Colleague letters.
Many of New Jersey’s members have signed the letters and indicated their support. We are encouraging their colleagues to join them.
Please read the post – and reach out to either thank you member or ask them to support funding in both FY17 and FY18. Congress is home most of April and only has minimal work days left to resolve the FY17 budget on time.
This are challenging times and more than ever we need to be more involved in advocacy and more than ever we need to be in DC not only in July for the Congressional Reception but every day by phone, email and personal outreach.
Join us join us for the 2017 Congressional Reception to advocate that Mr. Trump and Congress to not only ensure the highest level of funding possible for affordable housing but also for protect universal healthcare.
Together we will stop the cuts to housing.