Urge Your Members of Congress to Sign Section 4 Dear Colleague Letters
In the coming days, your advocacy is needed to ensure appropriators hear how important HUD’s Section 4 Capacity Building for Affordable Housing and Community Development program is for communities nationwide. Members in both chambers are now circulating "Dear Colleague" letters urging appropriators to provide level funding for Section 4 in fiscal year (FY 2018). Urge your Members of Congress to sign the Dear Colleague letters before COB Tuesday, April 4.
As Congress begins considering FY 2018 appropriations requests, it is critical that Section 4 maintains strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, especially in light of the President’s budget outline that proposes eliminating numerous housing programs, including Section 4. Section 4 strengthens low-income urban and rural communities across the nation by providing flexible support to local nonprofits to develop affordable housing, finance small businesses, revitalize commercial corridors, and help address local needs. Last month 1,156 organizations from all fifty states signed the Section 4 national sign-on letter urging Congress to level fund Section 4 at $35 million in FY 2017 and 2018. Take action now, and urge your Members of Congress to sign the Dear Colleague letters.
- Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is sponsoring a carlos_arredondo by COB Tuesday, April 4th to sign the letter.
- Representative Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT-5) is leading a matthew.colvin if they have any questions regarding the letter and that they can sign the letter using this online submission form.
Find the contact information for the housing staffer in your Member of Congress’ office on Enterprise’s website. See Enterprise’s blog post on Section 4 for fact sheets and case studies as well as more information about how you can advocate for Section 4.