When Congress returns for the Lame Duck session on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, they will be focusing almost exclusively on sequestration and plans to alter or reverse it.
Here’s what you can do:
Call your Senators and Representative(s) the week of November 26th and ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues. Click here for a contact sheet of housing staffers for New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.
Use the talking points below to explain how cuts to HUD programs will negatively impact your community.
Let Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing know which office(s) you contacted!
More Information – With the elections behind us, all focus in Congress will now turn to the so-called “Fiscal Cliff,” or more specifically, sequestration. Sequestration is the automatic, across-the-board cuts of approximately 8.2 % to many federal programs, set to take place on January 2, 2013. Sequestration is mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011; however, Congress is working on finding alternatives to the sequester that may or may not alleviate the burden of those cuts on federal housing and homelessness programs.
Right now, it is up to all of us to ensure that we continue to work toward a future where homelessness is a thing of the past. We must make sure that Members of Congress also understand the importance of fully-funding HUD programs to their constituents. Let Congress know NOW that these cuts are simply unacceptable. Join us the week of November 26 and call your Members!
Click here for Congressional Talking Points on Protecting HUD Programs From Sequestration.