Dear NPH Supporter,
President Trump's new budget numbers were released this morning. The takeaways are grim.
What do we know?
Trump's proposed budget would cut funding from 15 agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which administers vital programs and funding to support healthy, inclusive neighborhoods and communities.
The proposed budget for HUD would cut more than $6 billion, down 13% from last year's barebones budget -- and down 15% from the funding level for FY 2017.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) estimates that these cuts would result in more than 200,000 families, seniors, and people with disabilities who benefit from housing assistance becoming at immediate risk of homelessness.
The proposal could eliminate a number of important programs, including Community Development Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnerships, as well as dramatically reduce funding to other core programs that our communities rely on.
What does this mean for California and the Bay Area?
California faces some of the most significant housing challenges in the nation, and the Bay Area has relied on HUD programs to support our efforts in identifying solutions to combat homelessness and housing insecurity.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated the following impact to California based on the budget proposal:
||Public Housing Funding Cut
||CDBG Funding Cut
||HOME Funding Cut
also predicted job losses by state under the proposed HUD budget. According to their estimates, California would see a reduction of 13,313 jobs supported directly or indirectly through HUD.
What do we do next?
We encourage you to make your voices heard: Contact your elected officials and tell them to protect and defend these vital housing programs.
We also invite you to join NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding on Monday, March 20 for a webinar to review in more depth what these numbers mean and how we can work together to stop President Trump’s disastrous budget cuts to affordable housing. Register here
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NPH is committed to working with members, allies, and our national partners to support our vulnerable communities and defend against harmful cuts to the necessary programs our Bay Area and California neighborhoods rely on. Now, more than ever, we need to stand together and speak out about defending our values and our communities.
NPH Executive Director