Salina (Kan.) Housing Authority Details Devastating Effects of Proposed HUD Budget Cuts
As the House and the Senate begin their work on an omnibus spending package for FY 2018, they do so in the shadow of the White House proposed budget, which includes an 18.3 percent cut for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This budget also eliminates the Public Housing Capital Fund (funded at $4.5 billion in 2016) and cuts $1.93 billion from the Public Housing Operating Fund (a 44 percent decrease). These devastating cuts to public housing, which provides affordable homes to 2.1 million low-income Americans, would harm communities nationwide.
“The proposed budget means less people assisted and worse conditions for those who are assisted,” said Tina Bartlett, Executive Director of the Salina (Kan.) Housing Authority. “The Capital and Operating Funds pay for sewers, heating, air condition, extermination, roofs, and repairs. If these budget cuts happen, the majority of our public housing units, which are single-family homes, would not receive needed repairs and improvements.”
“We currently serve 478 families,” Bartlett continued. “These cuts will impact the elderly, disabled, and children in our community who are most at risk. We currently house more than 400 children, and 60 percent of our residents are elderly or disabled. And the need continues to grow - lack of safe, decent, affordable housing tops our list of community concerns year in and year out.”
NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman agreed. “It is difficult to comprehend how out of touch this budget is with the realities of immediate housing needs. We now look to the Congress to craft a realistic budget that addresses the immediate needs that face Salina and other communities nationwide.”
NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of almost 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO's membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.
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