A brief sample of our March newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?
President Proposes Extreme Cuts to Community Development Programs
The Trump Administration released a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget outline, or “skinny budget,” that proposes draconian and extreme cuts to community development and housing programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD), the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) among others.
The budget proposes only $40.7 billion in funding for HUD, 13.2 percent below current levels, and proposes eliminating several critical programs, including Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Section 4 Capacity Building, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks) among others. It also calls for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Under this proposal in 2018 Ohio would lose $137,466,074 in CDBG and $38,905,750 in HOME funds.
In all 62 programs are proposed for elimination. While the “skinny budget” proposal is only the first step in a lengthy budget and appropriations process, it is a clear signal that community development and housing programs are at risk.
It’s important for practitioners to make your voices heard.
Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding – Sign on to urge Congress to raise the budget caps. Find sample articles and tweets from CHCDF.
Voices for National Service – Join them in asking Congress to protect the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Ask your member of Congress to protect national service. It takes only two clicks to send an e-mail to Congress.
US House of Representatives – Click here to contact your representative.
US Senator Rob Portman – Click here to contact Senator Portman.
US Senator Sherrod Brown – Click here to contact Senator Brown.
Ohio Congressional Profiles – Click here for detailed profiles on each Ohio congressperson.
Community Development/Housing Staff – Click here for list of House and Senate staff.