President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget would cut HUD funding by $8.8 billion or 18.3% compared to enacted FY 2017 funding. This proposal represents a major shift in the federal government’s role in subsidized housing. Public Housing Capital, CDBG and HOME funding would be eliminated. Section 8 and Public Housing Operating would see significant reductions. In an addendum issued by OMB Director Mulvaney after the President’s budget request was released, it proposes that $2 billion be restored to the FY 2019 HUD budget, resulting in a final proposed cut of $6.8 billion, or 14%.

New York State Impact

Download NYHC Fact Sheet For Impact Of Trump’s Budget On Housing in New York State here.

NEW YORK STATE LOSES $1+ BILLION IN ANNUAL HOUSING FUNDING [1]
-$630,485,078  Public Housing Operating & Capital Funds
-$285,649,007  Community Development Block Grant
-$91,239,293     HOME Investment Partnership

TRUMP ABDICATES FEDERAL ROLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING
By eliminating the fund for public housing capital, the President abandons public housing leaving state and local governments on the hook for outstanding capital repairs. This dramatic policy shift leaves NYCHA residents in the cold with $25 billion in needed upgrades for safe and decent living conditions. 

-DEFUNDED   Public Housing Capital
-35% CUT    Public Housing Operating

TRUMPS RENT INCREASE PROPOSAL 
President Trump proposes to increase rent for HUD-assisted households from 30% of adjusted income to 35% of gross income with the elimination of deductions, including those for child care and medical expenses. Rents nationally will go up by 44% or $780 annually on average. We need your help to fight against this cruel proposal to collect $3.2 billion in additional rent, which low-income families cannot afford!

Click HERE to use #TrumpRentHike Calculator if you live in Public Housing or receive rental assistance.

REAL LIVES IMPACTED: HUD PROGRAMS

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Harrison Kyle Jones Jr. is a U.S. Navy Veteran. He currently lives in Liberty Village, supportive housing in Long Island, NY. HUD’s VASH program helps pay a portion of his rent- without it, he would be homeless. Kyle struggled for years to maintain stable housing after his mother passed away and he lost his family home. He also lost his job and retirement savings due to medical and mental health issues. Kyle says he would have trouble affording basics such as food and transportation without housing assistance. He wants the same program to be available to other veterans coming home that need affordable housing.

“It’s a very, very scary proposition to be out on the street.”Kyle

Nancy Sanchez is a former house cleaner and language teacher living in HUD 202 Housing for the Elderly in Brooklyn, NY. She is diabetic with mobility issues. Nancy says she struggles to afford healthy food and pay for medical expenses living on social security payments with an annual income of $10,692. At age 62, Nancy says affordable senior housing is a “blessing” but she worries about how Trump’s HUD funding cuts and rent reform proposal would affect her ability to stay in her apartment while still being able to pay for her necessary medications and healthy food.

“I am thinking what do now if I don’t have enough money to pay the extra money I have to pay. What I do with my life? I feel so sad, so depressed.”Nancy

Pedro Rodriguez is a retired textile worker who receives social security and a small pension.  With an annual income of $16,977, he can’t afford market rent in New York City and waited 8 years to get an affordable apartment in HUD 202 Housing for the Elderly in Brooklyn, NY.  Like many other seniors living in HUD assisted housing, his rent could skyrocket if Trump’s rent reform proposal goes through. He calls the increase “unfair”.

“We all live on a fixed income. It’s going to be a burden on people like me.”Pedro

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