Impact of the White House FY 19 Budget Summary on Utah

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Summary. Based on HUD data, we estimate that Utah will lose  $45,001,259 annually as a result of the proposed HUD budget cuts. In addition, the cuts could impact up to 1,749 households per year.

Program Funding Lost Household Impact
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) $19,618,026 -
Public Housing Capital Fund $2,666,907 -
Housing Choice Vouchers $14,400,052 1,749
Public Housing Operating Fund $1,797,224 -
HOME Investment Partnerships Program $6,519,050 -
TOTAL $45,001,259 1,749
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Public Housing Capital Fund

 $2,666,907

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.

The proposal authorizes Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to combine their existing operating and capital accounts. With a 43.7% reduction of Operating Funds and a total elimination of Capital Funds, many Public Housing Authorities will be forced to defer critical repairs and remove affordable housing units from service.

Public Housing properties in Utah qualified for $2,666,907 in capital repairs in 2017. In 2019, Utah stands to lose that funding completely.

Public Housing Operating Fund

 $1,797,224

Impact of Funding Cuts

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

The Public Housing 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 2017, Public Housing properties located in Utah qualified for $3,944,703 in operating subsidy. A 43.7% reduction in the Public Housing Operating Fund would reduce subsidies received in Utah by $1,797,224 and would cut services to families living in Public Housing in Utah.

Combined with the elimination of the Capital Fund, the reduction in Operation Funds could result in affordable housing units being removed from service due to substandard living conditions and lack in subsidy funding.

Housing Choice Voucher

 $14,400,052
1,749 Families

Impact of Funding Cuts

Funded at $20.292 billion in FY17 the Housing Choice Voucher program would be cut by $.974 billion in FY 18 to $19.3179 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 2017 levels of Housing Choice Vouchers in Utah would effectively be cut by $14,400,052 causing 1,749 out of 11,617 existing voucher holding families to lose assistance.

Impact of Policy Changes

The White House budget proposes sweeping changes to the financial structure of housing subsidies. Notably, for all rental assistance programs, which includes the housing choice voucher program, it proposes tenant contributions be increased from 30% of income to 35%, a minimum rent of $50 (up from $25).

If these reforms were put into place, Utah voucher holders who now pay on average $347 toward rent would pay $405 under the proposed budget.

As a result of the housing subsidy reforms proposed in the 2019 White House budget, the average voucher recipient in Utah could pay as much as an additional $58 toward their housing costs. With an average monthly income of $1,111, that means the average voucher household will be left with $706 per month to cover all non-housing living expenses.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

 $19,618,026

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. From 1977 through 2014, the CDBG program has funded an estimated $884,057,011 (inflation adjusted) in community development projects in Utah.

In 2019, Utah stands to lose $19,618,026 per year in funding for basic infrastructure improvements, maintenance, and economic development.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

 $6,519,050

Funded at $950 million in FY17 and used to fund many affordable housing related activities like homeownership and rental housing development, the HOME program would be eliminated completely by the Administration. Utah would lose an estimated $6,519,050 per year in affordable housing funding in 2019.

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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.