This content originally appeared in the National Alliance to End Homelessness Newsletter.
President Trump released his “skinny budget,” today. The proposed cuts to programs that help poor and low-income people are enormous, and the increases small. This budget proposal starts off the Fiscal Year 2018 budget season, and there will be lots of back and forth with Congress and opportunities for you to weigh in.
The proposal was not very detailed, and there is still a lot that we don’t know. But here’s an overview of its impact on homelessness.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposal calls for a 13.2 percent — $6.2 billion — decrease below the HUD’s FY 2016 budget. NOTE: It could be even deeper if the FY 2017 budget ends up being higher than the 2016 budget was.
Here’s what we know.
The budget proposes to eliminate programs that help support local efforts to end homelessness.
- The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal programs that end homelessness and helps communities access them.
- The Community Development Block Grant that funds housing, services, administrative staff and more.
- The HOME Investment Partnerships Program that helps fund affordable and supportive housing.
Here’s what we don’t know.
- How much funding is proposed for the Homeless Assistance Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Programs, although there is some indication that it is at least as much as in FY 2016.
- Whether there will be cuts or changes to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. No cuts are specified but reforms and efficiencies are, and there is a big ($3.4 billion) cut in the agency budget that is not explained. Many feel it could only come from the voucher program.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The proposed budget seeks a $4.6 billion increase in discretionary funding to the VA budget. Details are not provided, but preventing homelessness is mentioned.
Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m.
An overview of early drafts of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 shows that the administration is considering major cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) already tight budget. Register for the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s webinar on how advocates can make a difference.