Take Action Today to Support Full Funding for Affordable Housing Programs
Recently, Congressional champions of affordable housing launched Dear Colleague letters to support robust funding for critical federal programs, including HUD’s Capacity Building program, HOME, and Housing Choice Vouchers. Signing onto a Dear Colleague letter is one of the most effective ways for members of Congress to support full funding for these programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.
That’s why it is critical that affordable housing and community development organizations call their Senators and Representatives and urge them to sign on to Dear Colleague letters in support of funding for the programs they care about. We encourage organizations to contact their members of Congress and to share this Action Alert on social media and with their local partners.
1. HUD Capacity Building Program
The HUD Section 4 Capacity Building program (Section 4) strengthens low-income urban and rural communities across the nation by providing flexible support to local nonprofit organizations that build affordable housing, finance small businesses, revitalize commercial corridors, and help address local healthcare, childcare, education and safety needs. Section 4 is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on increasing the effectiveness of community development organizations.Section 4 is also quite effective; every dollar of Section 4 leverages more than $20 in public and private resources–far more than the 3:1
SENATE: Senator Schumer (D-NY) is sponsoring the lane_bodian) by the March 16 deadline. Last year, 33 Senators signed on.
HOUSE: There is no Dear Colleague Letter in the House. Instead, ask your Representatives to submit an individual appropriations request in support of $35 million for the Section 4 program.
2. HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program
For over 20 years, HOME has proven to be one of the most effective, locally driven tools to help states and communities improve access to affordable housing. HOME is the only federal housing program exclusively focused on providing states and local communities with the flexible financing to address their most pressing housing needs. Since 1992, states and communities have used $26.3 billion in HOME funds to help build or preserve nearly 1.2 million affordable homes and provide direct rental assistance to more than 270,000 families. The HOME Coalition estimates that this investment has supported nearly 1.5 million jobs and generated $94.2 billion in local income.
SENATE: Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Coons (D-DE) are circulating a erica_chabot) or Eric Walls (eric_walls) by the March 15 deadline. A great place to start is with the Senators who signed on last year.
HOUSE: Rep. Fudge (D-OH) is sponsoring the felix.muniz) by the March 11 deadline. Here is a copy of the Representatives who signed on last year.
3. Housing Choice Vouchers
Vouchers help 2.2 million low-income families afford modest housing. These families have incomes of just $13,800–well below the federal poverty line. Nearly all are elderly, people with disabilities, or children. Rigorous research shows that housing vouchers reduce poverty, homelessness and other hardships and can provide a platform for low-income children to improve their lives over the long term.
SENATE: Senator Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a Senate Housing Choice Voucher Dear Colleague Letter. Senators can sign on by emailing Elizabeth Eikelberg in Merkley’s office by March 14.
HOUSE: Rep. Nadler is circulating a melissa.connolly) by the March 7th deadline.
If you need any assistance, feel free to contact Sarah Mickelson (smickelson or 202-649-3903) at any time.
Thank you for your advocacy.