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February 13, 2012

Housing Aid Would Be Flat in Obama Budget

President Obama today proposed a flat budget next year for Community Development Block Grants, which provide money to states and cities for housing and neighborhood-development projects­, many of which involve nonprofits.

The president’s 2013 spending plan would allocate almost $3-billion for the program, the same as this year.

It would also spend $1-billion on the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which helps state and local governments increase low-cost housing, often working with nonprofits—also the same budget as this year.

In other proposals affecting programs operated by the Housing and Urban Development Department, Mr. Obama would increase spending on:

  • Homeless assistance grants, from $1.9-billion in 2012 to $2.2-billion next year.
  • The Choice Neighborhoods program, which provides grants to nonprofits and other groups to revitalize high-poverty neighborhoods, from $120-million to $150-million.
  • Housing counseling services, including aid to families facing foreclosure, from $45-million to $55-million. Some of those services are operated by nonprofits.