Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Lead To Major Health ‘Crisis’, U.S. Officials Warn
Mayors across the United States have issued a stark warning to the Trump administration on Friday, saying public housing cuts would lead to a crisis involving the health of residents and crumbling infrastructure.
In a blistering letter reported by The Washington Post, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and 11 other U.S. Mayors pressed the administration to reconsider the $1.3 million cut to the public housing capital fund, which is put toward plumbing, electric systems, and roofs in the 1.2 million public housing units across the country.
The mayors warned that aging infrastructure has lead to increased health problems for residents who receive assistance, such as elevated blood-lead levels, as well as asthma and respiratory illness.
“We are on the precipice of a public health crisis in public housing, however, this is a preventable crisis,” the letter addressed to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said.
The Trump administration’s proposed budget that was released in May showed a $6 billion loss in HUD funding, saying states, local governments, and housing authorities should take up responsibilities that used to fall under HUD.
The mayors claimed in the letter that local governments could not take on the financial responsibility if they did not have the capital fund.
The letter is another sign of a deepening divide between the Trump administration and various U.S. mayors. Mayors across the U.S. have also pushed back against the White House on policies including climate change and immigrations.