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Ron Book: Trump's HUD cuts would hurt hundreds of women and children



The chairman of Miami-Dade's Homeless Trust has warned members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that HUD cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed budget would harm hundreds of women and children who rely on the county's continuum of care for help.

Ron Book, a prominent lobbyist and registered NPA, wrote in an April 6 letter that the proposed elimination of HOME grants would cut funding for a rental assistance program run by Lotus House in Overtown that helps more than 100 women and 170 children pay for housing. Another 50 households, he said, are assisted through the Citrus Health Network.

Proposed cuts to Community Development Block Grants would hurt employment training for homeless women, renovations to the only 24-hour emergency shelter in Miami-Dade County, and affordable housing projects, he wrote.

Book said the Trust supports a request by Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley and Kristen Gillibrand for $2.6 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in fiscal year 2018.

Download Book letter