By Elizabeth Zach, staff writer
Federal programs that bring affordable housing to low-income families and which encourage economic development in disadvantaged communities stand to lose big if President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget passes.
“This budget, if enacted, would deal devastating blows to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities,” said Matthew Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties. “The impact of (the) proposed budget cuts is real for our residents, especially elderly citizens, people with disabilities, and children. The proposed budget would strip them of any safety net—from heating assistance to workforce training to child services.”
The budget would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Choice Neighborhood grants, the Section 4 Capacity Building Program, and the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program. It also makes significant cuts to U.S. Department of Agriculture rural housing programs, including a $60 million cut to Section 521 Rural Rental Assistance, and the elimination of Section 514/516 Farm Worker Housing Loans and Grants.
Congress will now review the proposal and House and Senate leaders will begin drafting their own spending bills. The House is expected to present its budget resolution after the Memorial Day recess.
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