The Trump Administration has released its first budget proposal, which would increase defense spending while dramatically reducing non-defense domestic spending, including a reduction of more than $6 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The proposed cut to HUD would eliminate critical programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnerships Program, Choice Neighborhoods, and the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program. If carried out, these cut will have a devastating impact on low and moderate income communities.
The proposed budget is only an overview of the administration’s budget priorities and does not include funding levels for all programs, including the Housing Counseling Assistance program. The administration is expected to release its full budget sometime around May.
In addition to the proposed cuts to HUD, the administration’s proposed budget would eliminate several other program that are important to the housing counseling community and our clients, with NeighborWorks America (the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation) and the Legal Services Corporation, being defunded under the proposed plan.
NHRC is working with congressional allies to ensure the highest possible funding level for Housing Counseling Assistance. A letter asking members of Congress to support an increase in housing counseling funding, which was signed by 350 counseling agencies, was submitted to congressional offices last week. Additionally, a number of agencies corresponded directly with their congressional offices.