Carson Must Answer Questions on Devastating Cuts to Affordable Housing
June 8, 2017
As Secretary Carson prepares to testify on Trump’s HUD budget in front of the House Appropriations Committee today, here is a look at some of the many devastating cuts to affordable housing for low-income Americans that he will have to defend:
Trump’s budget would eliminate the $3 billion block grant program which funds affordable housing construction and local improvement projects in more than 1,000 cities.
Washington Post: . “The largest of Trump’s $6.2 billion in proposed cuts to HUD is the elimination of the four-decade-old Community Development Block Grant program, which provides cities with money for affordable housing and other community needs, such as fighting blight, improving infrastructure and delivering food to homebound seniors. The $3 billion in block grants, which benefit 1,250 state and local recipients, make up half of the cuts to HUD.”
Trump wanted to slash a host of programs that provide rental assistance and affordable housing for low-income Americans.
Politico: “Rental assistance to tenants would fall by $974 million, to $19.3 billion, with the elimination of a housing program for veterans and reduced spending on Section 8 and other voucher programs. Capital funding for public housing would fall by two-thirds.”
Politico: “The document also zeros out Choice Neighborhoods revitalization grants and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which leverages private funds to expand the supply of affordable housing.”
Washington Post: “In addition to shuttering the grant programs, the budget proposes cutting the $37 billion rental assistance program by $2 billion through ‘policies that encourage work and self-sufficiency, including increases to tenant rent contributions,’ the document said. Rental reforms for 2018 would include raising tenant rent contribution from 30 percent of adjusted income to 35 percent of gross income, establishing a minimum rental payment of $50 a month and eliminating utility reimbursements. Exemptions would be made for hardships.”
Under Trump’s budget, an estimated 250,000 households could be at risk of homelessness
Washington Post: “HUD’s rental assistance programs provide housing subsidies for 4.5 million low-income households through vouchers, public housing or rental assistance for specific housing developments. The rental programs make up 85 percent of the agency’s $41 billion budget request. More than 250,000 households are at risk of losing their vouchers, [Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition] said, increasing their exposure to evictions and homelessness.”