House Republicans Propose Cuts to Federal Programs for Low-Income Households


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has released a report (to read the report click here) discussing the impacts that cuts being proposed by House Republicans will have on the nation and Massachusettsachusetts. Essentially, they proposed a 13.8% cut to non-security discretionary programs for the current fiscal year– meaning entitlement programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Defense, Homeland Security, etc. will not be cut under this plan. However, because we are already 5 months into this fiscal year, 24% must be cut in order to reach the 13.8% cut for the entire fiscal year. House Republicans also proposed a 1 percent increase to defense programs. These cuts would take place on March 4 if ultimately passed by the Democrat dominated Senate and President Obama.

So here is a synopsis of some of the cuts:

Public Housing Capital Fund – Helps to make repairs to public housing units such as new roofs and heating systems. Cut by $30.3 Million in Massachusetts.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – Helps lo-income households pay for heating and cooling bills. Cut by $390 million across the country.

Community Development Block Grant – “CDBG helps fund a broad range of community development activities, including housing development and rehabilitation, homelessness programs, improvements to public facilities such as senior and youth centers, economic development, and some social services.” Cut by $74.2 million in Massachusetts..

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – “WIC provides nutritious foods, counseling on healthy eating, and health care referrals to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children under age 5 who are at nutritional risk.” Cut by $752 million across the country.

Head Start – “Head Start promotes school readiness among at-risk children up to age 5 by enhancing social and cognitive development through education, health, nutritional, and other services and by engaging families in children’s learning.” Cut $1.1 billion across the country.

Employment and Training Services – “Employment and training services help match job seekers with labor-market and employer needs.  Workforce Investment Act (WIA) formula grants provide funds for states to provide job training, job search, and other employment assistance for low-income adults and workers whose jobs have been eliminated.  They also provide summer jobs, training, and employment assistance for out-of-work youth.  Other Employment and Training funds provide specialized training programs, as well as grants to community colleges and other institutions that support employment training programs. “ Loss of $26.3 million in Massachusettsachusetts equaling 8,900 participants in Massachusetts.

More programs not discussed in CBPP report:

Project-Based Section 8 – $9.3 billion proposed which is not a major change.

Section 8 Mobile Vouchers – $100 million cut, which includes a cut to admin. Rates for housing authorities that operate the program.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – Received flat funding at $1.865 million. Although there is no major cut, flat funding will not allow HUD to fully implement changes to McKinney due to the HEARTH Act. These changes would have assisted over 160,000 households nationally if it is funded at $2.2 billion.

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