Please contact the offices of your Senators (or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224- 3121 to be connected with his/her office or click here) and ask to speak to the staff person who works on HUD appropriations issues.
“I am calling on behalf of (ORGANIZATION) in (CITY) to ask Senator ___ to vote for the appropriations bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, S. 1789.”
“This bill includes needed increases over last year’s funding levels for programs like Section 8 and Homeless Assistance Grants. People in (STATE) rely on these programs to remain housed and healthy.”
“The bill also restores deep cuts to critical housing programs for the elderly, people with disabilities, and cuts to the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) which prevents homelessness by providing affordable housing for low-income people.”
Your Senator’s Support is Critical
The President has threatened vetoes of specific appropriations bills, like the HUD bill, that exceed his FY 2008 budget proposal. A two-thirds vote would discourage the President from vetoing the measure because it would show enough support to override a veto.
Each year the House and Senate pass appropriations bills which fund all federal programs. The full Senate Appropriations Committees passed its FY 08 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill on July 12 and the full Senate is expected to vote on the bill the week of September 10.
The bill includes a $144 million increase for Homeless Assistance Grants, with the addition of a $25 million set aside for a demonstration project for communities to set up rapid rehousing programs for homeless families. Several communities have had great success in reducing family homelessness through these programs. The bill also includes funding for approximately 14,000 new Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers with $75 million for new vouchers for homeless veterans and $30 million for vouchers for families whose children are at risk of being placed in foster care under the Family Unification Program.
Contact your Senators to protect increases to critical housing and homeless programs.