On May 23, President Trump released his full Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal and has proposed severe cuts to federal support for homeless individuals. The Administration’s budget proposes to cut HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, as well as numerous discretionary and safety net programs. The cuts to McKinney Vento, the largest federal program targeted to ending homelessness, will reduce its funding by $133 million. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that “this cut alone would cause approximately 25,000 more people to be homeless in FY 2018 than in FY 2017”.
The budget also proposes to cut numerous other critical discretionary programs serving people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, including reducing the number of section 8 vouchers by approximately 250000, eliminating the National Housing Trust Fund and severely cutting public housing. It also proposes to cut safety net programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and TANF, which would make it more difficult for low income Americans to be able to afford food, shelter and healthcare.
President Trump further proposes completely eliminating important programs which have offered national leadership and support for ending homelessness including HUD’s United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, National Housing Trust Fund, and Community Development Block Grant and; HHS’ Social Services Block Grant and Community Services Block Grant programs; and The Department of Labor’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. These programs help prevent homelessness for many families and youth and help others with their basic needs.
You can show your support for homeless children, youth and their families, by sending a letter to your US Senators and US Representatives and asking them to protect homeless and low income American’s from a life on the streets, to actively support children and family programs in the federal budget, and oppose any efforts to cut funding for children’s programs.