The HOME Coalition
Action Needed to Protect HOME
The Trump Administration last week released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint that proposes deep cuts to many housing programs and the elimination of the HOME Program. Here are some concrete actions you can take now to advocate for HOME as Congress begins work on FY 2018 appropriations.
1. Sign your organization onto the HOME Coalition National Sign-On Letter. The HOME Coalition is leading a national sign-on letter for state and local organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders urging Congress to reject the Administration’s proposal to eliminate HOME and restore its funding to at least $1.2 billion in FY 2018. Please sign on here by March 31. We want this to be a show of force, so please continue to share the letter with your networks and urge them to sign the letter in support of HOME.
2. Ask your Representatives to sign onto the House HOME FY 2018 ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter. HOME House champion Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11) is circulating a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter asking the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee to provide at least $1.2 billion in funding for HOME in FY 2018, with the aim of getting as many House members as possible to sign the letter. Contact your Representatives right away and urge them to Felix.Muniz) in Representative Fudge’s office to sign their member onto the letter or to make inquiries about it.
3. Urge Your Representatives on the Appropriations Committee to include HOME in their funding requests. Members of the House Appropriations Committee have been invited by Committee leaders to submit their priority funding and related program change requests to the THUD Subcommittee for consideration for inclusion in the FY 2018 funding bill the Subcommittee is currently preparing. Please ask your Representatives serving on the House Appropriations Committee to submit a formal request for HOME funding of at least $1.2 billion in FY 2018.Despite the modest $50 million increase Congress provided in FY 2016, the program has been cut in half in recent years, from more than $1.8 billion in FY 2010 to $950 million last year. The deadline for submissions is April 4, but many offices have said they plan to submit their requests as early as this week.
4. Talk to Your Members of Congress during Upcoming Recess. Congress will be in recess for two weeks starting April 10. Please meet with them and consider inviting them to properties funded with HOME.Members of Congress consistently tell us that property visits are the most important thing we can do to gain members’ support for these programs. You are often in a unique position to explain to lawmakers how HOME benefits your community and what impact funding cuts would have on vulnerable populations.
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