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.