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President Trump Proposed FY 2019 Budget Cuts Needed for Housing Programs


As housing advocates in Connecticut work to preserve and protect housing resources and services in the state budget, President Trump has proposed $8.8 billion in cuts to federal housing programs. This is an 18.3% reduction in funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from FY2017.  The cuts to the housing programs will impact millions of low-income individuals, families, and people at risk of experiencing housing instability and homelessness. 

The bill proposed the following allocations: 

  • Completely wipe out the HOME program, the Community Development Fund, CDBG Formula Grants, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers, Family Unification Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity program, Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, and Public Housing Capital Fund. 
  • $19.315 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, out of which $17.514 billion is to renew previous contracts. This allocation is $3 billion less than what was enacted in FY 2017 and is needed to fully renew all contracts. 
  • Project-Based Rental Assistance is funded at $10.86 billion, a $50 million increase from FY17. 
  • $2.383 billion for the Homeless Assistance Grants, $75 million for Family Self Sufficiency, $145 million for Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard, the same level enacted in FY 17.
  • $100 million for a Rental Assistance Demonstration, which was level out in FY 17. 
  • $107 million for Section 811 mainstream vouchers, a $3 million decrease from FY 17 and $132 million for Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities programs, a $14 million drop from FY 17. 
  • $563 million for Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, a $61 million increase from FY 17. 
  • $2.841 billion for the public housing operating fund, a $1.559 billion drop from FY 17.

Click here to read the National Low-Income Housing Coalition summary of the budget. 

Click here to read the bill.  


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