March 16, 2017

President Trump released the outline of his proposed budget for the 2018 federal fiscal year (FY18) that begins in October. This ‘skinny budget’ will be followed with more details later this Spring, but already includes information that impacts youth and young adult homelessness programs. This ‘skinny budget’ proposes a combination of cuts to domestic discretionary programs totaling $54 billion. Specifically, these cuts would impact several agencies addressing youth and young adult homelessness including:

  • Health and Human Services (HHS): $15.1 billion, or 17.9%, from estimated FY17 levels
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD): $6.2 billion, or 13.2%, from estimated FY17 levels
  • Education (ED): $9 billion, or 13%, from estimated FY17 levels

The ‘skinny budget’ does not include any specific details about funding levels for specific programs, including:

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Act under HHS
  • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act under ED
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project under HUD

More details on these programs will be forthcoming in the detailed budget request later this spring. However, the current proposal does specify some cuts that would impact youth and young adult homelessness services and housing:

  • Elimination of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Elimination of the Community Development Block Grants through HUD
  • Elimination of the Community Services Block Grants through HHS
  • Elimination of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through HHS

The budget also highlights increases for some areas, including $500 million for HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (which recently announced grant opportunities to address homelessness) to address opioid abuse.

Join our webinar on April 10th to learn more about federal funding for youth and young adult homelessness programs.