Defend Federal Housing and Other Anti-Poverty Programs Slashed by President Trump’s FY19 Budget
President Trump’s FY19 budget announced on Monday, February 12, 2018, slashes the federal housing budget by $8.8 billion.
Now is the time to work together to block housing cuts and harmful changes to federal and state programs that help struggling people afford health coverage, food, housing and other basic needs.
It is also expected that the Trump administration will impose work requirements across many federal anti-poverty programs.
President Trump’s FY19 budget request – unveiled yesterday – slashes federal housing benefits that help millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, low-wage workers, veterans, and other vulnerable people afford their homes.
The proposal includes severe funding cuts, as well as harmful rent increases and arbitrary work requirements that would leave even more low-income people without a stable home, undermining their ability to live with dignity and climb the economic ladder to achieve financial security.
- Overall, the Administration proposes to cut the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by an astounding $8.8 billion or 18.3-percent compared to the 2017 enacted levels.
- In an addendum stemming from the bipartisan budget agreement, the president suggests that $2 billion above his request could be added back in for a final proposed cut of $6.8 billion.
- Such a reduction could lead to at least 200,000 housing vouchers being lost, as well as the elimination of public housing resources and funding used by state and local governments to address their pressing housing and community development needs.
- The administration also proposes to cut housing benefits by increasing rents on low income families receiving federal housing assistance and by allowing housing providers to broadly impose administratively burdensome and wasteful work requirements, without sufficient resources to help people gain the skills they need for well-paying job.
- HUD suggests that it send its proposal to cut housing benefits to Congress in March, but the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) suggests that it will be substantially similar to draft legislation that was leaked in recent weeks.
You can act now and contact your member of Congress and tell them to reject the harmful proposals today.
- Click here for an action alert from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) with messages to Congress.
- Click here to read the NLIHC analysis of President Trump’s budget request and click here to see the NLIHC comparison budget chart.
- Click here for a budget analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) President Robert Greenstein.
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, CBPP, the Coalition on Human Needs, the Center for American Progress, and the Food Research and Action Center will hold a webinar to review what’s in the President’s Budget proposal, new poll findings, and ideas for action. Click here to register for the February 14 webinar.
You can also learn more about the president’s budget request on a webinar presented by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Click here to register for the February 20 webinar.