Bipartisan Disapproval Over Trump Administration’s Housing Program Cuts

Lawmakers told Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Wednesday that there's little chance Congress will accept the Trump administration's plan to make deep cuts in housing and development programs.

The president's 2020 budget calls for eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program, the public housing capital fund and the HOME grant program for more affordable housing, for a one-year savings of more than $7 billion. But these programs are popular among lawmakers, especially local officials who say they desperately need money to help their low-income communities.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey of New York noted that the administration's new housing budget echoed last year's proposal, which was rejected by Congress on a bipartisan basis. "This year, your proposal contains even deeper cuts and would greatly reduce public housing and end most community development block grants. It would lead to more people struggling to find affordable housing and more people falling into homelessness," she said .

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Video: NAHB Chairman Updates Members on Key Priorities

In the latest installment of his monthly video series, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde outlines two recent examples of NAHB working hard for its members: his testimony on Capitol Hill on GSE reform, and the NAHB Housing Portal which can save members thousands in survey research to help their businesses.

This monthly video series will highlight how the association is addressing key issues impacting members and delivering results that make a difference to their businesses’ bottom lines.

View all of the videos in the series at, and watch the latest one below:

How to Make Social Media Work for Your Business

How to Make Social Media Work for Your Business

Personal acquaintances and client referrals are typically the most reliable sources of leads for builders and remodelers. The premise of social media doesn’t change this. But when used effectively, it can give the lead-generating process a boost.

Social media is another way to build relationships with potential buyers, partners, vendors, and even policymakers and media. Use NAHB to help you reach your target audience and begin building those relationships.

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Instagram – Best targets: First-time home buyers or remodelers

You can get your brand and project pictures in front of NAHB’s rapidly growing consumer following on Instagram for free as part of your membership. If you already have an Instagram account, just follow @homebuilders, and tag us in the pictures that you would like us to share.

If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can submit your photos and a short description of the project at Either way, be sure to include the Instagram handle for other key people or companies that were involved in the project, along with photo credits. Also, it’s important that the photos are high quality.

For questions on Instagram and marketing to consumers, contact Camilo Cuba.

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Facebook – Best targets: Home buyers and other home building businesses

Facebook has NAHB’s largest social media audience, and it’s primarily comprised of NAHB members, HBAs and consumers. Like and follow the NAHB Facebook page to get started. Also, consider joining an NAHB group on Facebook.

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