Three proposed Trump budget cuts that could affect Northeast Ohio families

CLEVELAND - As Americans learn more about programs that could be affected by President Trump's proposed budget, many local agencies and organizations are worried how the cuts would affect the people they serve.

Trump released a $1.1 trillion budget outline Thursday that proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and corresponding cuts to non-defense spending at the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the elimination of other federal programs.

Dubbing its outline "America First," the Trump administration will release its full budget in May. It must then get approval from Congress.

3 potential program cuts

1. As reported by News 5 on Thursday, the budget proposal includes a 13 percent reduction in funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Among the $6 billion in cuts to that department is the Community Development Block Grant. 

For decades Cleveland, Parma, Euclid, Lakewood, East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights have relied on the grant for urban development programs.

2. Meals on Wheels America gets more than a third of its funding to deliver meals to senior citizens in need from federal grants, but White House officials say that's not a good use of taxpayer money. 

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In Ohio, Meals on Wheels programs get more than 30% of their funding through the Federal Older Americans Act Fund, fund the proposed budget puts in jeopardy.

3. School programs: The plan would eliminate a $1.2 billion initiative that supports before and after-school programs as well as summer programs. According to the Afterschool Alliance, more than 10 million American children are in after-school programs.

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