Advocate for Housing Funding
Urge Your Legislator to Prioritize Funding for Housing Programs and Stop the Raid on the NHTF
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.
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.
Congress needs to make housing programs a priority. Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to:
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.
Please email outreach with any feedback you receive from your Senator’s office.
Thank you for your support.