Dear Colleague Letters in the House Demonstrate Robust Support for Housing and Community Development Programs

Even as Congress negotiates the details of the FY 2018 omnibus package, appropriators have begun writing FY 2019 spending bills with an additional $68 billion to spend on non-defense discretionary programs thanks to the budget agreement earlier this year. House members have been circulating a number of ‘Dear Colleague’ letters to support funding for housing and community development programs in FY 2019 appropriations. These letters include support for the Section 4 Capacity Building Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, and the USDA Rural Housing Service programs. Enterprise urges all housing and community development stakeholders to reach out to their members of Congress and ask them to protect and restore funding levels for the Section 4 Program, HOME Program, CDBG, the CDFI Fund and the USDA Rural Housing Service programs. Earlier this month, over 1,000 organizations nationwide signed on to a letter urging lawmakers to fund the Section 4 Program at $40 million in FY 2019, an increase of $5 million from current funding levels.

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