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Policy Alert: The Administration’s budget and what it means for homelessness
Federal Policy Brief | March 17, 2017
President Trump released his “skinny budget” on March 16. The proposed cuts to programs that help poor and low-income people are enormous, and the increases small. This budget proposal starts off the Fiscal Year 2018 budget season, and there will be lots of back and forth with Congress and opportunities for you to weigh in.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposal calls for a 13.2 percent — $6.2 billion — decrease below the HUD’s FY 2016 budget. NOTE: It could be even deeper if the FY 2017 budget ends up being higher than the 2016 budget was.
Here’s what we know.
The budget proposes to eliminate programs that help support local efforts to end homelessness.
Here’s what we don’t know.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration is proposing a $15.1 billion or 17.9 percent decrease to the 2018 HHS budget. Again, the proposed
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The proposed budget seeks a $4.6 billion increase in discretionary funding to the VA budget. Details are not provided, but preventing homelessness is mentioned.