Call Your Senators Today and Tomorrow In Support of Feinstein/Portman HOME Amendment
This week, the Senate is slated to debate and vote on its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill, which would provide level funding for HOME at $950 million.
We have been working with Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Portman (R-OH) on an amendment that would make it easier for states and communities to maintain access to HOME funding that would otherwise expire due to the program’s 24-month commitment deadline. Specifically, the amendment would eliminate the 24-month commitment deadline for HOME funding. It would also ensure that all HOME funds that have already been allocated are not subject to the commitment deadline.
Please call your Senators TODAY and TOMORROW and ask them to support the Feinstein/Portman HOME amendment.
Tell your Senators why this amendment would make it easier for states and communities to address the critical affordable housing issues that it faces. The amendment may be voted on as early as tomorrow, so please reach out to these Congressional offices as soon as possible. You can find a list of Senate contacts here. You can find a one-page summary of the amendment here.
More About The Amendment
Under current law, states and communities must commit their HOME funds within 24 months. All HOME funds that are not committed within 24 months must be returned to Treasury and cannot be used for the creation and preservation of affordable housing. The amendment would eliminate this deadline and is similar to a proposal included in the President’s Budget Request. The amendment also keeps in place other, more meaningful deadlines for HOME funds, including a 4-year project completion deadline, a 9-month deadline to sell homeownership units, an 18-month occupancy deadline, and a 9-year final expenditure deadline.
HOME has proven to be one of the most effective, locally driven tools to help states and communities provide access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. HOME provides communities with the flexibility and local control to meet their most pressing housing needs. HOME is the only federal program exclusively focused on addressing a wide range of housing activities, including homeownership assistance, rehabilitation, rental housing production and preservation, and direct rental assistance. HOME has been used in every state and Congressional district, in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike.
More information can be found on the HOME Coalition website or on the #HOMEworks campaign site. If you have questions, please contact Althea Arnold (email@example.com) or Sarah Mickelson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your advocacy!