Despite billions spent annually on eradicating homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is no closer to solving this important issue. Although certain societal factors play a part in homelessness, HUD could complete its mission while save millions by reducing improper payments, improving management, and consolidating duplicative programs. For example, there are at least 160 Federal programs at 20 different federal agencies that provide assistance and encourage affordable housing. Further, programs like the Community Development Block Grant, that were meant to provide affordable housing, have been developed into slush funds for the politically connected. Ensuring HUD dollars are spent on critical American housing issues and not on waste, unnecessary overhead, or risky investments is the best step to solving these problems.

26.39 Billion Annual Budget

Ben Carson Secretary

8,000 Government Employees

Budget Growth 2012 - 2016

$3.53 Trillion

Annual budget for the federal government

$26.39 Billion

Percentage of Federal Budget