(NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION) October 8, 2017 — A copy of President Trump’s 2018 budget for HUD was leaked on May 19. The leaked budget would slash funding for affordable housing programs that millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and low wage workers depend on. In a press statement, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel called the budget proposal “unconscionable and unacceptable.”
NLIHC is not sure about the finality of the leaked budget, as the official budget is scheduled to be released tomorrow, May 23, but the budget aligns with Mr. Trump’s “skinny budget” released in March. Office of Management of Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney will testify on the White House’s budget request before the House Budget Committee on May 24 at 9:30 am ET and before the Senate Budget Committee on May 25 at 9:45 am ET.
Mr. Trump’s budget would harm thousands of the lowest income families by taking away their housing assistance – leading to higher levels of homelessness and housing poverty – to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and billions of dollars in increased defense spending. The proposed budget contradicts HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s assurances that “nobody’s going to be thrown out on the street,” as he defended the proposal.
The administration would slash federal investments in affordable housing at HUD by nearly 17%, or $7.7 billion, compared to FY17. The proposed cuts could mean more than 250,000 people could lose their housing vouchers. It would also impose punitive measures that would jeopardize family stability – increasing the financial burdens they face through higher rents and ending support to help cover the cost of basic utilities, like water and heat.
Mr. Trump’s budget calls for eliminating the national Housing Trust Fund, the first new housing resource in a generation and one that is exclusively targeted to help build and preserve housing affordable to people with the lowest incomes, including those experiencing homelessness. The budget devastates resources needed to operate and maintain public housing that provides homes to millions of families and represents billions of dollars in critical local assets. It would starve states and communities – including Native American communities that suffer from the worst housing conditions in America – of the flexible, locally-driven resources used to address their most pressing housing and community development needs. It cuts funding needed to keep low-income seniors, people with disabilities, people living with AIDS, and vulnerable individuals in safe, affordable homes, reduces funding to address serious health risks posed by lead-based paint, and even cuts resources used to address homelessness.
Source: Trump FY18 Budget Calls for Massive Cuts to Affordable Housing Programs: National Low Income Housing Coalition