Courtney Warns Time Could Be Running Out To Use HUD Funds For Crumbling Foundations
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) made the following statement after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may be proposing substantial cuts for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to a Washington post story today, the Trump Administration may be proposing to eliminate funding entirely for the CDBG program in 2018. Last fall, Courtney received a letter from HUD outlining two possible sources of existing annual federal grant funding through HUD that could be used to assist communities impacted by crumbling foundations.
“The news of these potential cuts shows that the opportunities HUD identified last August for remediating crumbling foundations may have a limited shelf life,” said Courtney. “While there are issues the state and others have to work through to determine the best means to utilize HUD programs like the Small Cities grants and the Section 108 credit line program, they still represent the one avenue the federal government has agreed are available to help Connecticut communities address the urgent problem of crumbling home foundations. Now is the time for relevant stakeholders to come together in good will to design the best HUD-based solutions for this problem while there is still time.”
The letter received from HUD in August 2016 explains that funds from the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program (Small Cities CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), which are administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH), could be used to support housing rehabilitation programs to assist residents with crumbling foundations.