Fiscal Year 2019 Trump Budget Decimates HUD Housing Programs

UPDATE 3/11/19: The Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Summary and it's proposing to cut HUD's budget by $8.7 billion. View our FY 20 Analysis.

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Summary. The White House is proposing an $8.8 billion cut to HUD Programs, representing a massive 18.3% cut.

Selected Programs FY17 CR Trump $ Cut % Cut Families Impacted
CDBG Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) $3.365 B $0 $3.365 B 1% -
Pub. Housing Cap. Fund Public Housing Capital Fund $2.75 B $0 $2.75 B 1% -
Housing Choice Voucher Housing Choice Vouchers $22.015 B $19.315 B $2.7 B 0.1% 200,000
Pub. Housing Op. Fund Public Housing Operating Fund $4.55 B $2.477 B $2.073 B 0.5% -
HOME HOME Investment Partnerships Program $1.362 B $0 $1.362 B 1% -
Total For Select Programs $34.042 B $21.792 B $12.25 B 35.98% 200,000

National Impact


The White House Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for these critical programs represent a 35.98% reduction in funding and the complete elimination of the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Public Housing Capital Fund.

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Public Housing Capital Fund


Funded at $1.9415 billion in FY17, the Capital Fund would be eliminated in the FY 19 White House Budget. The elimination of the Public Housing Capital Fund would drastically reduce funding available for critical repairs at all 1.2 million rental units.

The Public Housing Capital Fund supports the development, modernization and major repair of public housing properties. It pays for things like new boilers, roof replacement, major rehabilitation or other costs needed to keep Public Housing properties safe, accessible and energy efficient. Without the Capital Fund, Public Housing Authorities would need to charge higher rents or even close down buildings.

In their 2010 Capital Needs in The Public Housing Program report HUD estimated that $26 billion in repairs were needed to maintain affordable housing units in the Public Housing program.

Public Housing Operating Fund

1,200,000 Households

Funded at $4.4 billion in FY17 and used to subsidize the rent of all 1.2 million families living in Public Housing, the Public Housing Operating Fund will be cut by $2.477 billion (43.7%).

The Operating Fund supports the management and daily operations of Public Housing Properties. This includes regular maintenance, utilities, staffing, accounting, local fees and similar expenses needed to operate rental housing. Without this support, Public Housing Authorities would have to raise rents, defer maintenance or even close down properties altogether.

In addition to eliminating the Captial Fund and sharply reducing Operating Funds, the FY 19 White House Budget proposes policy changes that would raise tenant contribution from 30% to 35% and require all those who are not elderly or disabled to meet a work requirement.

Housing Choice Voucher

200,000 Families

Funded at $20.292 billion in FY17 the Housing Choice Voucher program would be cut by $.997 billion in FY 19 to $19.315 billion.

However, FY 19 funding to renew vouchers that are already in use is only funded at $18.7 billion. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that $20.5 billion would be required to renew existing vouchers in 2019 due to factors affecting the rental market, such as inflation.

Funding to maintain existing levels of Housing Choice Vouchers would effectively be cut by $1.8 Billion and cause more than 200,000 households to lose their assistance.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


Funded at $3.060 billion in FY17 and used for a variety of community development projects ranging from streetscape projects to Meals on Wheels programs, the CDBG program would be eliminated completely by the Trump/Carson Administration.

Communities across America stand to lose $3,060,000,000 per year in funding for basic infrastructure improvements, maintenance, and economic development.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program


Used to fund many affordable housing related activities like homeownership and rental housing development, the HOME program would be eliminated completely by the Administration.

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Estimates on this page are based on the FY 19 White House Budget and HUD data sets.

Direct sources and source changes are available on the FY 19 HUD Budget Cut Estimator Change Log, Sources, and Methodology page.