President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development may seem alarming, but a pair of prominent housing lawyers say that the fight is far from over — and it’s up to the movers and shakers in industries that benefit from HUD’s programs to lobby for funding by touting the results.

“When your representative is back in the district, invite them to the ribbon cuttings,” said Amy McClain, a partner who helms Ballard Spahr’s government assisted housing practice from the firm’s office in Baltimore. “You have to get them to [see] the things are the product of that funding source.”

John D. Socknat, a Ballard Spahr partner who runs the firm’s mortgage banking group in Washington, D.C., emphasized what many commentators have urged in the days since the budget proposal was released.

“There was no mention of the HECM program,” Socknat told RMD in an e-mail. “We also know that a more detailed program-by-program budget proposal is supposed to be announced in May, so we really won’t have any insight into how Trump’s proposed budget might impact the HECM program until then.”

Like McClain, Socknat pointed to Capitol Hill’s importance to the process. “Of course, ultimately it is Congress that will determine the final budget, and we know that there already is opposition to the proposed budget from members of both parties.”

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