Senior Policy Analyst
In his 2020 budget, President Trump proposes again to radically reduce the federal role in helping low-income seniors, families with children, and others to pay rent and make ends meet.
The budget requests $44.1 billion for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs in 2020 — $9.7 billion (18 percent) less than the 2019 funding levels that the President signed into law just over a month ago, not counting the impact of inflation. The proposed HUD budget reflects disturbing themes that are found in the President’s requests for other agencies as well, hitting various programs that provide critical aid to vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children. For example, the proposed HUD budget would:
These devastating cuts and policy changes would come at a time when the number and share of low-income households facing severe challenges, after growing for more than a decade, remain at historic highs — driven in part by the failure of federal aid programs to keep pace with the problem. Since 2001, the number of renter households with what HUD calls “worst-case housing needs” — meaning renters with very low incomes who pay more than half of their income for rent or live in severely substandard housing — has risen 66 percent, while the number receiving rental aid has grown only marginally.