On March 14, 2017, the Trump Administration proposed a budget that increased military spending by $54 billion, using major cuts to important programs and initiatives across the rest of the federal government in order to finance that change. The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) official proposal includes a budget cut of more than $6 billion to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which we strongly oppose.
Let’s Look Closer at the HUD Programs that would be cut:
Community Development Block Grant Program:
This program– created in 1975 and maintained with strong bipartisan support–aims to support urban renewal projects across the country. Considered one of HUD’s most flexible programs, it allows local government to use federal funding for their specific local needs. Now, the program supports initiatives by roughly 1200 city, county, and state governments; in fact, the program created 17,545 jobs in 2016 alone, according to HUD.
The program is currently allocated $3 billion, and the Administration’s budget would defund the program completely. The loss of these community grants would reduce the number of affordable housing initiatives a locality could fund and stunt countless other local development programs. Tell Congress that your district can’t afford to lose this funding, and the country can’t afford to lose this program.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
This program is “the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households,” according to HUD’s website. Their scope includes funds for building and maintaining affordable housing and direct rental assistance to low-income Americans. Notably, the HOME program requires that grant recipients match 25 cents of every dollar given, to ensure that communities mobilize their own resources in addition to federal ones.
The proposed budget would eliminate this $950 million program, and thus directly defund affordable housing projects around the country. Loss of this program would also strip low-income Americans of rental assistance, making it more likely that they will end up homeless. Let President Trump know that defunding this program would cripple our nation’s most vulnerable families.
Choice Neighborhoods Program
This program, created under President Obama, funds revitalization in low-income communities. Grants can be applied towards improving low-income neighborhoods or converting surrounding neighborhoods into mixed-use communities. The proposed budget would eliminate this program and thus prevent localities from improving quality of life for their low-income residents. Voice your support for this program.
Self-Help Ownership Program
This program provides funding to nonprofits that help low-income Americans to build their own homes through direct sweat equity or volunteer efforts. Stand behind nonprofits that empower low-income families to help themselves.