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Oakland may lose more than $23,273,476 in proposed federal budget cuts
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Wednesday Apr 12th, 2017 10:30 PM
As a result of the proposed budget cuts to HUD, the Oakland Housing Authority may lose 611 or more Section 8 vouchers (Housing Choice Vouchers), placing hundreds of elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and low-income renters at risk of homelessness. The widespread damage that will occur to Oakland’s affordable housing programs if the proposed budget cuts to HUD take effect, will place thousands of Oakland renters at risk of higher rents, and homelessness!
Oakland may lose more than $23,273,476 in proposed federal budget cuts

By Lynda Carson - Wednesday April 12, 2017

Oakland - According to estimates from the Affordable Housing website estimator, Oakland faces a disastrous $23,273,476 in federal budget cuts due to the fascist Trump regimes proposed budget cuts of $54 billion for FY 2018, including $6.2 to $6.7 billion in proposed budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

This includes $7,076,798 in budget cuts and elimination of the Community Development Block Grant program, $2,159,809 in cuts and elimination of the Home Program, $4,455,393 in cuts from the Public Housing Capital Fund, $1,129,534 from the Public Housing Operating Fund, and $8,451,329 in cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly called Section 8 Program).

As a result of the proposed budget cuts to HUD, the Oakland Housing Authority may lose 611 or more Section 8 vouchers (Housing Choice Vouchers), placing hundreds of elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and low-income renters at risk of homelessness. The widespread damage that will occur to Oakland’s affordable housing programs if the proposed budget cuts to HUD take effect, will place thousands of Oakland renters at risk of higher rents, and homelessness.

According to HUD, the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) has 13,422 federally subsidized housing units in it’s section 8 inventory, and 2,122 units in it’s low rent inventory, formerly known as public housing units.

The Trump regime’s proposed $6.2 billion in budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), also threatens the Section 8 voucher holders and the disabled and elderly renters in around 155 low-income affordable housing projects in Oakland with higher rents, or eviction from their housing. The proposed $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD will disproportionately have a major impact on Black/African-American women because such a high percentage of them reside in HUD’s subsidized housing programs.

Reportedly, Public Housing Authorities across the nation are already preparing for the worst, as a result of the proposed budget cuts to HUD.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson claims that the proposed budget cuts to HUD will be replaced by funding to the infrastructure budget proposals, but no one believes him because Trump is a liar, and it will be up to Congress to replace any lost funding to HUD due to the proposed budget cuts.

American’s first are the ones to be placed at risk of higher rents and homelessness according to released documents under the proposed $6.2 billion in cuts to HUD. Thousands of poor, disabled, and elderly HUD subsidized households in Oakland are at risk of higher rents and homelessness due to the Trump regime’s scheme to grab $54 billion in funds from our nation’s non-defense domestic programs, to shift the $54 billion in funds to the military, and security.

Oakland may also lose millions more due to the proposed budget cuts that would eliminate the NEA, CPB, and NEH. In Oakland, Trump’s proposed budget cuts that plan to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services would have a major impact on many institutions including the Oakland Museum of California, Chabot Space and Science Center Foundation, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Regents of the University of California, California Digital Library, University of California, Holy Names University - Paul J. Cushing Library, Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Museum of Children's Art, Oakland Museum of California Foundation, Mills College, Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, and the Pardee Home Museum.

Additionally, Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the National Endowments for the Humanities would result in massive budget cuts to the California Humanities organization on 9th Street in Oakland. The California Humanities organization received $2,186,170 from the National Endowments for the Humanities, including an additional $38,700 from other sources, during 2016.

As another example of some of the vital funding from the National Endowments for the Humanities (NEH) given to the beautiful Oakland Museum of California, the museum sought the support in the amount of $400,000 to complete the reinstallation of the Gallery of California History.

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com
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