President's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget released, again calls for severe cuts to housing programs
National American Indian Housing Council
On February 11, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Like prior years, the President's budget again calls for large cuts to many federal programs that support tribal housing.
The proposal would reduce the Indian Housing Block Grant to only $600 million, which is the same level of funding tribes received in 1998 when Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 was first enacted. Other programs, such as the Indian Community Development Block Grant, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Housing Improvement Program, Native Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Assistance Program, and the United States Department of Agriculture Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program would be eliminated altogether.
This budget is just the first step in a long process however, and Congress ultimately decides how much funding federal programs receive. The National American Indian Housing Council will work with members of Congress to ensure that these budget cuts are not implemented. The National American Indian Housing Council encourages all of its members to work with their Congressional delegations to make sure tribal housing programs are adequately funded.
Below is a chart comparing how the various federal programs impacting tribal housing would be funded under the President's Fiscal Year 2021 budget, with comparisons to past years actual funding levels from Congress.
** Indicates that the Fiscal Year 2021 budget would continue the program, but does not request additional funding.
National American Indian Housing Council will provide more information about the President's Fiscal Year 2021 budget and Congressional action related to Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations as the information becomes available.