House Budget Committee Chair Releases Proposal to Reform Federal Anti-Poverty Programs
On July 24, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a discussion draft, Expanding Opportunity in America, proposing reforms to federal anti-poverty programs. One of the proposals is a pilot program called the Opportunity Grant. The pilot would begin in a limited number of states and would consolidate several federal means-tested programs, including Housing Choice Vouchers (vouchers), Section 8 project-based rental assistance, Pubic Housing, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Section 521 Rural Rental Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Weatherization Assistance Program. The Opportunity Grant would also include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. According to the discussion draft, the proposal is deficit-neutral and would not change the amount of overall assistance flowing to each state through these programs.