Congress is back today and that means that federal funding issues are back on the docket!
Their return to DC offers us an opportunity this week to educate our Members of Congress on the importance of providing sufficient funding for HUD and its many low-income housing and homelessness programs before final agreements on FY 2014 funding are reached. This week is National Call-In Week!
Before Congress finalizes federal funding levels for another fiscal year, we must take this opportunity to impart to our Members the importance of housing and homelessness programs in our communities before a final deal is made.
We need YOU to call your Members’ offices THIS WEEK to discuss the importance of these programs in your community and the need to provide MORE HUD FUNDING!
Here’s What You Can Do:
Call your Senators’ and Representative(s)’ offices THIS WEEK and ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues. Click here for NJ contact information.
Use these talking points to discuss the need for increased funding for HUD programs, particularly the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.
As part of this Call-In Week, the Alliance has set a goal of generating at least 250 calls this week to all Members of Congress about the need for increased HUD funding in the final FY 2014 budget.
Please make as many calls as you can and encourage your colleagues, Board members, clients, and anyone else who cares about HUD funding to make calls this week! You can use this sample action alert to help mobilize your own networks. It is important that we keep track of how many calls everyone has made so we can be sure to meet our goal, so please let us know how many calls you make!
Due to other pressing issues, it remains unclear when Congress will address FY 2014 funding; however, we do know that negotiations will begin in the next few weeks or even days. Therefore, it is extremely important that we get the message about the importance of robust HUD funding across to as many Members as possible.
Fiscal year 2014 begins in just a few short weeks on October 1 and Congress must pass some sort of legislation prior to this date to ensure the government is funded and does not shut down. That makes this week an ideal week to remind Members of the importance of HUD programs and the need to fully fund them!
Last week the Alliance and CSH hosted a webinar providing a funding update and recap for federal programs, with a particular focus on HUD funding.
This is a recording of the webinar for further information on likely funding scenarios and next steps.