The ruckus over proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), CIA leaks, and Russian relationships in and around the White House is turning attention other important developments on federal spending. The latest is a leaked internal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget document that would cut $6 billion from the HUD budget, $3 billion by eliminating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Concerned advocates include National Urban League President Marc Morial, who told The Washington Post that the cuts would be “cold-hearted.” On Monday, the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) hosted a webinar detailing the impact of housing cuts.
Still up in the air is timing. Washington insiders expect a “straight line” Continuing Resolution in April that would keep many programs going at current funding levels. Doug Ross of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities told me during the CHCDF webinar on Monday that this is likely and that big cuts would come in the Fall, assuming agreement on a new budget. The new federal fiscal year begins on October 1st.