Federal Budget Cuts Could Impact Erie Housing Authority
As the White House prepares to outline its full budget, the Erie Housing Authority is bracing for potential cuts.
The Trump administration has proposed to decrease funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by $6.2 billion.
It’s a move that could have a significant impact on the Erie Housing Authority.
"I think we provide a very valuable service,” said Erie Housing Authority Executive Director Dan Roessner. “That would be missed, if cuts go into effect."
The Erie Housing Authority provides housing for low income members of the community. The organization currently has 8,000 tenants and 3,000 units.
According to Roessner, if the budget goes through as it is right now, the Erie Housing Authority will lose $800,000.
“That would require us to make some decisions on cutting costs, whether it be contract costs, material costs, and so forth, or it even could result in some tenant service cost cuts,” said Roessner. “We certainly would like to avoid those if possible."
The Trump administration is also proposing to eliminate funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The program benefits organizations, such as the E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center.
The organization provides educational services and employment preparation skills to disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
“The impact it would have on my organization is miniscule to the impact it would have on our community," said E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center Director Gary Horton. "If you ever wanted to take hope away from inner-city kids, then slash the CDBG funding."
Both organizations will find out how they will be impacted by the federal budget plan, when the White House releases its full budget plan in May.