News & Press: Public Policy

Trump Administration Considers Significant Cuts to HUD

Tuesday, March 14, 2017  
Posted by: Kim Hollingshead
Share |

Help AASC Advocate for Service Coordination!

Last week, it was reported that the Trump administration is considering a $6 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) FY 2018 budget, a reduction of approximately 13%.

As part of this cut, the administration is considering reducing the Housing for the Elderly (Section 202 Program) by 10%, or $42 million in 2018. The Service Coordinator Grant Program in Multifamily Housing for the Elderly and Disabled is funded from the Housing for the Elderly line item in HUD’s budget.

These proposed cuts, not only to the Elderly Housing program but also the Public Housing Operating and Public Housing Capital funds, are alarming and could significantly impact the ROSS and FSS service coordinator programs, stable housing and other community improvement projects.

However, this is just the beginning of budget planning for 2018, and President Trump’s proposal is still a work in progress.

Even after the president releases his final proposal, the budget process is lengthy and must pass through both houses of Congress before it becomes a final funding bill.

AASC is closely monitoring developments and is already planning advocacy and education efforts. And we need your help!

Your engagement is crucial to educating elected officials about service coordination and how you positively impact your residents and your community. AASC will provide guidance, assistance and materials to help you talk to your representatives. There are two easy ways to get started now:

  • We’re looking for stories about the impact of service coordination on the community and how it has saved taxpayer dollars. If you have one to share, click here to let us know.
  • Ask your residents if they have friends or family members who are elected officials, even on the local level. Keep a note of these contacts for future advocacy efforts.

For more information on service coordination, advocacy and engaging with elected officials, AASC members can download the AASC Public Policy and Advocacy Toolkit from the “Members Only” section of the AASC website.

For more information on the proposed HUD funding cuts, read the March 8, 2017, Washington Post article: "Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget"