The Trump Era & The HECM

Shannon Hicks May 30, 2017 1

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Good News for HECM, Not So Much for Housing Programs

budget2President Donald trump embodies the essence of a political wrecking ball in Washington D.C.- a city known to cling tightly to political traditions of governing and supporting long-standing social programs, despite our ballooning deficits.

While the President weathers opposition from both Democrats and Republicans alike, his administration’s draft 2018 budget for the Department of Housing & Urban Development reflects populist sentiments of a smaller, efficient government with parsimonious allocations for social program spending. Many feared the populist agenda would gut essential HUD, programs, and more specifically, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program.

Politico obtained a copy of the Trump administration’s preliminary HUD budget revealing plans to gut $6 billion from several programs including the outright elimination of the Community Development Block Grant, neighborhood initiatives, and a housing program for veterans. Despite these unpopular cuts, the HECM program was spared and even strengthened.

Two changes stand to liberate the HECM – the removal of the annual cap and the erosion of the unchecked powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…

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  1. The_Cynic May 30, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Both moves are helpful but of the two,
    removal of the endorsement cap is the more crucial.

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