We join many in cities, suburbs and rural communities across the country who are appalled and alarmed by the deep budget cuts proposed in the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget.
Proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for instance, would lead to an absurd 15% reduction below what Congress recently approved for the FY17 budget, or a cut of some $7.4 billion This unacceptable budget would inflict harm on seniors, children, working families, and people with disabilities, through cuts on housing vouchers, homelessness funds, and a zeroing out of the National Housing Trust as well as community development dollars that provide for programs like Meals on Wheels. The cuts will disproportionately impact communities of color and low income populations, exacerbating racial inequality and economic hardship across America.
The true immorality of this proposal isn’t just in what it takes away, but what it proposes to add: the Trump administration is not only asking for working families and the vulnerable to shoulder deep cuts that would subsidize tax cuts for the wealthy; the president and Secretary Carson are also raising the rent on millions of American households. They do this even as Trump’s own family seeks to line their pockets through tax abatements for sweetheart luxury real estate deals in places like NJ.