TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Make Housing Programs a Priority

Advocate for Housing Funding

Urge Your Legislator to Prioritize Funding for Housing Programs and Stop the Raid on the NHTF

Call to Action

Congress is negotiating final funding amounts for HUD programs now. As the window to influence these decisions narrows, housing advocates must act now to inform your Federal delegation of your priorities. The two year budget deal that provides relief from sequestration is a great victory. But, it does not guarantee greater funding for housing programs. The fate of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and other key housing programs still hangs in the balance. There are only four weeks until the current Continuing Resolution expires on December 11 and NLIHC understands that Members of Congress are eager to wrap up negotiations on final funding for HUD programs well before that deadline.

BACKGROUND

Earlier this year, both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committee passed their respective Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) bills for FY16 under the constraints of the sequester caps. Both bills resulted in drastic cuts for housing programs. The budget deal raises the sequester caps for nondefense discretionary programs, like housing, by $33 billion in FY16. With some additional resources, your lawmakers now have the opportunity to enact a THUD spending bill that provides housing programs the funds they need to continue serving our country’s poorest families.

TAKE ACTION

Congress needs to make housing programs a priority. Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to:

  • Oppose any raid on the National Housing Trust Fund to pay for any other program.
  • Oppose all effort to undermine the Fair Housing Act, HUD’s Fair Housing programs, and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.
  • Oppose the expansion of the Moving to Work demonstration without needed reforms.
  • Fund HOME at $1.016 billion, the amount requested by the President.
  • Fully fund the renewal of Housing Choice Vouchers at $18.05 billion, and provide $470 million for new vouchers for targeted populations.
  • Fully fund 12-month Project-Based Rental Assistance renewals at $10.826 billion.
  • Provide at least $4.8 billion for the public housing operating fund and $2.5 billion for public housing capital fund.
  • Provide $2.480 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.
  • Fund Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS at $335 million.
  • Fund Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities at $177 million.
  • Fund Section 202 Housing for the Elderly at $455 million.
  • Fund Native American Housing Block Grants at $660 million.

NLIHC’s budget chart, http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/FY16HUD-USDA_Budget-Chart.pdf

To contact your legislator, call the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351, or click below.

Click here to Find your Elected Officials

Please email outreach with any feedback you receive from your Senator’s office.

Thank you for your support.

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