Call on House Members TODAY and MONDAY to vote FOR the FY 08 HUD Appropriations Bill on Monday, July 23

When
TODAY and MONDAY: The Full House of Representatives will vote on the appropriations bill for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, H.R. 3074 Monday, July 23.

How
Call the offices of your House Members (or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224- 3121 to be connected with his/her office) and ask to speak to the staff person who works on HUD appropriations issues. Tell the staff person:

“I am calling on behalf of (ORGANIZATION) in (CITY) to ask Representative ____ to support passage of the appropriations bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, H.R. 3074.”

“This bill includes modest increases over last year’s funding levels for programs like Section 8 and Homeless Assistance Grants which people in the Congressman(woman)’s district rely on to remain housed and healthy.”

“The bill also restores the President’s deep cuts to critical housing programs like the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) which prevents homelessness by providing affordable housing for low-income people in the district and programs which provide supportive housing for the elderly and for persons with disabilities.”

Describe a local HUD-funded program that has prevented or ended homelessness for an individual or family in his/her district.

Your Member’s Support is Critical
The Administration has threatened vetoes of specific appropriations bills, like the HUD bill, which exceed his FY 2008 budget proposal. A two-thirds majority on the bill would discourage the Administration from vetoing the measure, because it would show enough support to override a veto.

Background
Each year the House and Senate pass appropriations bills which fund all federal programs. The full House Appropriations Committees recently passed their FY 08 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill and the full House is scheduled to vote on the bill Monday July 23. The Senate is not expected to take up their version of the bill until after the August recess.

The House bill includes a $119 million increase over last year’s level for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and funding for 4,000 new, incremental vouchers, 3,000 of which would be for non-elderly, disabled individuals and 1,000 of which would be for homeless veterans.

Call your Representatives TODAY to protect increases to critical housing and homeless assistance programs.

For more information or if you have questions please contact Sarah Kahn at 202-942-8259 or skahn@naeh.org.