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October 29, 2015

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Fund Housing Under the Budget Deal!

Thanks in large part to the hard work of advocates across the country, Congress is poised to approve a two year budget deal that will provide relief from sequestration. While this is welcome news, it does not guarantee greater funding for housing programs. Housing advocates must act now to inform their legislators of their priorities. The fate of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and other key housing programs still hangs in the balance.

BACKGROUND

Earlier this year, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed their respective Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) bills for FY16 under the constraints of the sequester caps. Both bills resulted in drastic cuts for housing programs.



The proposed budget deal, which has passed the House, will raise the sequester caps by $50 billion in FY16 and $30 billion in FY17. The deal maintains parity between defense and nondefense discretionary (NDD) spending, resulting in a $25 billion increase to NDD spending for FY16. Congress must now renegotiate how it will allocate federal funds across NDD programs. Your lawmakers have the opportunity to enact a THUD spending bill that provides housing programs the funds they need to continue serving our country’s poorest families.

TAKE ACTION

Congress needs to make housing programs a priority. Contact your Senators and Representative and ask him or her to:

• Stop the raid on the NHTF and leave it out of the appropriations process.

• Fully fund Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).

• Fully fund the Public Housing Capital and Operating Accounts.

• Fully Fund Homeless Assistance Grants.

• Stop the drastic cuts to the HOME program.

• Fully fund Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811).

• Fully fund Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

• Oppose the expansion of the Moving to Work demonstration unless there are significant reforms.

To contact your legislator, call the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351, or click below.

Please email outreach@nlihc.org with any feedback you receive from your Senator’s office.

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