May 23, 2015

CALL TO ACTION: Speak Up for Affordable Housing

Congress has left Washington, DC for the Memorial Day recess. Your Representative likely will be at work in his or her home district for the next week. Many will be participating in public events like parades, picnics, and town hall meetings. Please use this opportunity to talk to your Member of Congress directly and urge him or her to protect the National Housing Trust Fund and fully fund HUD programs.

The U.S. House of Representatives could consider their appropriation bill for housing programs as early as the week of June 1. The House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill that was passed in committee on May 13 includes significant cuts to essential housing programs and redirects all funding that had been dedicated to the National Housing Trust Fund. Read more about the THUD bill in this article from Memo to Members.

The Ask

When speaking to your Representative, communicate the following key points about the THUD bill:

• Support amendments to remove the NHTF from the appropriations bill. The NHTF has a dedicated source of revenue that should not be redirected.

• End the sequester caps and unnecessary austerity cuts.

• Provide funding to restore all Housing Choice Vouchers lost due to sequestration in 2013.

• Fund HOME at the $1.06 billion amount from the President’s Budget Request.

Find out when your Representative will be appearing at public events over the next week by contacting his or her district office. To get contact information for district offices, visit NLIHC’s website and enter your zip code in the “Contact Congress” space at the bottom right of the page.

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