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Oppose Cuts to Key Human Services Programs!

Federal budgets are policy statements about the direction our leaders wish to take our nation. President Trump’s FY2018 “Skinny Budget” proposals take our nation into a dangerous direction that, if enacted, would have a devastating impact on communities across the country and especially on our most vulnerable populations. Overall, due to the budget’s proposed massive increase in defense spending, non-defense programs would be cut in the coming year by approximately $54 billion.  For example:

Jobs/Workforce:

  • Cuts programs for the Department of Labor by 21% below current funding levels, thus starving key workforce training programs for the unemployed and under-employed under the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) enacted into law in 2014.
  • Completely eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program for poor and low-income older workers.

Education:

  • Cuts all funding to 21st Century Community Learning Centers currently funded at $1.2 Billion.
  • Cuts funding for college ready access programs like TRIO to $808 million and reduces funding for Gear UP from $322 million to $219 million.
  • Reduces Federal Work Study.
  • Requests $1 billion in federal Title I funding for school choice for low income students.

Housing and Community Development:

  • Devastates housing programs for the poor by cutting $6.2 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), severely impacting homelessness and deepening poverty.
  • Included in the HUD cuts is the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a critical program that funds programs that assist low-income people with housing issues, including the elimination of urban blight and other community programs.
  • Also included in HUD cuts is the elimination of the HOME program that provides block grants to state and local governments to create affordable housing solutions for low-income households.
  • By removing all funding for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), the proposed budget would severely undermine economic opportunity by ensuring that underserved communities have access to financial services.
  • Eliminates the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) which has over 40 business centers across the United States that help large, growth-oriented minority businesses grow to scale. It is the smallest federal agency.

Health and Human Services:

  • Unspecified cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Cuts National Institutes of Health (NIH) spending by $5.8 billion.
  • Cuts programs in the Office of Community Services including Low Income Energy Assistance Program and the Community Service Block Grant.
  • Cuts $403 million to health profession and nursing training programs.
  • On the positive side, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration would receive $500 million to expand Opioid misuse prevention.

Access to Justice:

  • Devastates access to legal services for the poor by eliminating the Legal Services Corporation.
  • Cuts $1.1 billion or 3.8 percent from the Department of Justice.
  • Places emphasis on national security, public safety, and supports for law enforcement.
  • No mention of how it would treat the Civil Rights Division.
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