The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has released The People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward for FY19. The proposed budget would fully fund programs to make housing affordable and accessible for all Americans and would invest $12.8 billion to end family homelessness. The CPC budget aims to eliminate the shortage of affordable homes, which NLIHC’s The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes 2018 report estimates to be at 7.4 million rental units for extremely low income renter households. To do this, the budget proposes to restore and increase housing vouchers, expand investments in the national Housing Trust Fund and other HUD programs, and sustain and rebuild public housing. The budget also rejects the Trump’s administration’s proposal to cut housing benefits through rent increases and work requirements and would provide more funding to ensure effective fair housing enforcement.
In response to the 2017 disaster season, the proposed budget provides $80 billion for disaster aid relief and climate-change mitigation efforts. Long-term housing assistance has yet to be provided to families impacted by recent hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Florida and the U.S. territories.
Read The People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward at: https://bit.ly/2n4aVdZ