National Sign-On Letter to #SaveHOME
For over 20 years, the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) has played a critical role in providing affordable housing opportunities for seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families with children, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness.
Despite HOME’s successful track record, Congress has proposed to severely cut—and even essentially eliminate—the program altogether. In response, Enterprise and other members of the HOME Coalition have launched a national sign-on letter urging Congress to restore HOME to at least $1.06 billion.
HOME is simply too important, too successful, and too effective a tool to face any further cuts. In recent years, HOME has been slashed by 50 percent from $1.8 billion in 2010 to an all-time low of $900 million in 2015.
Now, the House has proposed to fund HOME at just $767 million or 42 percent of what it was in 2010. The House also proposed to essentially eliminate another important resource for local communities—the National Housing Trust Fund—using this funding to push HOME back to its record low level of $900 million. The Senate’s severe cuts amount to a 93 percent decrease, which would essentially eliminate the HOME program altogether.
We also encourage you to call your Representative(s) and Senators and ask them to restore funding for the HOME program. To help you get started, please feel free to use the resources below, including:
- Summer Advocacy Toolkit with best practices for engaging your Members of Congress over the August Recess.
- #SaveHOME Fact Sheet with background information on the HOME program and how the proposed #CutsHurt families and communities.
- Lists of key Congressional and Senate Targets, along with contact information for each office.
- Charts showing how the impact of the Senate HOME cuts by State and Participating Jurisdiction.
- Information on how your State uses HOME to provide access to affordable housing.
- Sample letters to your Member of Congress and your mayor or local official.
- Sample op-ed article for your local newspaper.
Thank you for your advocacy.