Hundreds of thousands of poor families would be evicted from their homes under President Donald Trump’s budget plan, while those who manage not to get booted onto the street would see their already dire housing conditions deteriorate further.
The proposal renews Trump’s call to slash funding for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, though it does a bit more to conceal the impact of the cuts than the White House did in last year’s budget.
This year’s document proposes a billion dollars more in voucher money than last year’s. But the $18.6 billion Trump is offering now is still at least $900 million below what the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) projects it would need just to keep everyone currently receiving the rental assistance subsidies enrolled in the program through the current 2018 fiscal year and nearly $2 billion below that same maintenance level of funding for FY2019, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
If HUD had to make do with the funding Trump calls for in the new budget, it would kick 200,000 families out of the Section 8 system. Given the very low incomes on which such families must make do, a canceled voucher is effectively a recipe for homelessness.
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Author: Alan Pyke