Trump administration announces $2B to help the homeless

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is announcing $2 billion in grants for local agencies seeking to help the homeless.

The amount announced Thursday is a slight increase over recent years and will go to 7,300 local projects.

Across the country, homelessness has been on a downward trend for years, according to government counts. But there has been a spike in numbers in California, Oregon and Washington, where rents have been rising fast.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says California programs will see an increase in grant funding.

The administration's announcement comes as it is proposing deep cuts to subsidized housing programs that also help the homeless.

Its proposed budget also calls for the elimination of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal response to the problem.