Trump Administration Releases FY 2018 Budget Proposal
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Today, the Trump administration released its federal budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The budget, as proposed, would cut deeply into programs for the poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments, laying out an austere vision for reordering the nation’s priorities.
The budget document, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” calls for an increase in military spending of 10 percent and spending of more than $2.6 billion for border security — including $1.6 billion to begin work on a wall on the border with Mexico — as well as huge tax reductions and questionable economic growth projections.
In the two-page overview for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the FY 2018 Budget requests $40.7 billion in gross discretionary funding for HUD, a $6.2 billion or 13.2 percent decrease from the 2017 funding level of the current FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR).
The more detailed appendix of HUD line item budget proposals appears somewhat optimistic for service coordination programs:
- $90 million for the Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing for the Elderly and Disabled
- $75 million for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program
- $0 for the Resident Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator program
However, other safety net programs that residents of affordable housing rely on to maintain independence and move up and out of poverty (tenant-based housing vouchers, project-based housing vouchers, public housing operating funds, public housing capital funds, SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, TANF, child tax credits, earned income tax credits, etc.) are facing significant cuts and/or inadequate funding levels to meet existing needs.
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The administration’s annual budget — more a message document than a practical set of marching orders, even in the best of times — routinely faces challenges on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress closely guard their prerogative to control federal spending and shape government programs. But the administration’s current budget proposal in particular faces long odds, with Congressional members from both parties either uniformly opposed or showing themselves to be squeamish about some of the cuts and program eliminations.
AASC staff are continuing to delve more deeply into the budget proposal’s funding line items and the implications for the programs and services that affect members and the residents they serve. More information and Action Alerts for you and your residents to educate your elected officials on the benefits of service coordination and advocate for needed safety net programs will be forthcoming.