The 9.3% across-the-board budget cuts hypothetically “triggered” by the inaction of the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, known commonly as the Super Committee, is likely to hit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) harder than other areas of government. Facing an already reduced budget for FY12, the mandatory cuts will cut deeper into vital housing programs, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH).
Further, if Republicans succeed in reducing the 9.3% cut to discretionary defense spending mandated by the Super Committee, non-defense discretionary spending - including housing programs - could face larger cuts. While housing and homelessness programs are not specifically named in this backup deficit reduction plan, it is likely that housing and homelessness would be funded from a much smaller pie than in recent history. So far, President Obama has promised to veto any adjustment to the triggers.
The Super Committee announced in November that it was deadlocked and would not be making recommendations for $1.5 trillion in cuts by its Thanksgiving deadline, hypothetically setting in motion a series of automatic budget cuts - "triggers" - to the federal government across the board. The potential impact of a 9.3% cut to non-defense discretionary programs in FY12 and FY13 is described well in a new brief from NAEH.
To read NAEH's brief, click here.