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.