November 18, 2019 6 minutes to read ∙ 1500 words

The Trump Administration’s Impact on Public and Assisted Housing

By Elayne Weiss

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Reprinted with permission from Human Rights, Volume 44, Number 2, at 2-4. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Each year that President Donald Trump has been in office and has sent his annual budget request to Congress, he has proposed massive cuts to federal affordable housing programs, as well as other essential programs that ensure basic living standards for low-income Americans. For this upcoming fiscal year, President Trump proposed to slash the budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by a whopping $9.6 billion or 18 percent below fiscal year (FY) 2019’s congressionally enacted funding levels. The president proposed eliminating several programs, including funding that ensures public housing agencies (PHAs) have the money they need to address their most pressing capital needs, like fixing leaking roofs or replacing outdated heating systems. Additionally, the president proposed to reduce housing benefits by increasing rents and imposing harmful work requirements on some of our country’s poorest families who are lucky enough to receive federal housing assistance from PHAs and private owners who are subsidized by HUD.

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