For Immediate Release
(February 12, 2018, Washington, D.C.)- Today the Trump Administration released its FY 2019 budget proposal, doubling down on last year’s unprecedented cuts. The budget calls for the elimination of three programs critical to America’s working families – the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). NASCSP Executive Director Jenae Bjelland said:
“While we are not surprised by the budget put forth today, we are profoundly disappointed that the Administration has once again chosen to turn its back on over 40 million Americans living in poverty. We are confident that Congress will reject these cuts and provide robust funding for programs proven to lift families out of poverty.”
CSBG continues to serve over 15 million Americans each year through a delivery network of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in 99% of U.S. counties. CSBG allows states and local communities to take the lead on combating poverty, tailoring programs and solutions to meet locally determined needs. Community Action Agencies provide workforce development, education, health services, housing support, and other critical bridges out of poverty.
The WAP provides comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits to over 100,000 low-income families each year, cutting their energy bills while making their homes healthier and safer. For every dollar spent on weatherization, the program returns $4.50 in energy savings, health, and safety benefits. The program also modernizes our aging residential infrastructure, reduces stress on the power grid, and supports thousands of jobs and small businesses.
LIHEAP is a crucial lifeline to our most vulnerable citizens- over 70% of households served contained a family member who was elderly, disabled, or a young child. The program protects families during brutal winters and increasingly hot summers. LIHEAP ensures that families do not have to choose between paying their energy bill or buying other necessities like food and medicine.
NASCSP is committed to working with our partners both in and outside of Washington, D.C. to defend low-income Americans. Members of Congress have demonstrated strong, bipartisan support for these vital programs. We are confident that Congress will craft a sensible budget that preserves critical funding and prioritizes America’s working families.
NASCSP represents the administrators of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) in all 50 states, DC, and five U.S. territories. For more information visit www.nascsp.org
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