Statement on the Proposal to Cut More than $6 Billion from HUD’s Budget


PRESS STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 16, 2017

Contact:
Nikhil Gupta 
Executive Director
Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County
301.520.1587
nikhilgupta@affordablehousingconference.org

UPDATED STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSAL TO CUT MORE THAN $6 BILLION FROM THE BUDGET OF
THE U.S. DEPT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)

The Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County ( AHCMC) strongly opposes the proposal of the Trump Administration to cut HUD’s budget by 13%, amounting to more than $6 billion.These potential cuts would overwhelmingly affect the organizations most in need of funding – local housing authorities, nonprofits that serve low-income communities, and struggling families themselves.

Moreover, large budget cuts are counterproductive to the Trump Administration’s goal of curbing long-term spending. Decades of research chronicle the impact of housing access on a range of other issues, including family health and economic stability. By cutting funding from HUD, the Trump administration is all but guaranteeing that other welfare programs will have to grow as millions of struggling Americans are prevented from accessing housing and relegated to lives of poverty.

AHCMC believes that access to affordable, decent, and safe housing is an inalienable right—and not a privilege—for every American. This decision would set back years of progress in better delivering that right to underserved communities. We at AHCMC commit to advocate tirelessly against this proposal and to do everything in our power to prevent this destructive decision from coming to fruition.


The mission of the AHCMC is to convene, inform, and empower elected officials, housing and community development leaders, business professionals, activists and residents to work towards affordable housing solutions. Since its inception in 1991, AHCMC has tackled the challenges and impacts of affordable housing policies and programs at both the local and national level. Learn more at www.affordablehousingconference.org.
 

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