Housing and Community Development Advocates Respond to GOP Poverty Plan
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on July 14 to respond to the GOP’s recently released plan to address poverty in America. More than 30 national organizations signed onto the statement, which reads in part:
“[CHCDF] welcomes the Poverty, Opportunity & Upward Mobility Task Force’s attention to poverty, as well as its acknowledgement that stable housing is important to families who are struggling to make ends meet and improve their prospects. Yet the Task Force’s assertion that HUD programs are barriers to mobility runs counter to the evidence. Federal housing and community development programs reduce poverty, help families to access better opportunities, and can improve their health and educational outcomes. Housing assistance helps seniors and people with disabilities live independently and avoid using costly emergency health services, and helps children stay in school and avoid violent neighborhoods and substandard housing that can be hazardous to their health, well-being, and future prospects. Community development programs help communities ravaged by job losses and foreclosures to revitalize, create jobs, and grow their economies.”
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) is an education, strategy and action hub for national organizations dedicated to adequate federal housing and community development funding for lower income families and communities.
It is a coalition of 70 national housing, homeless, and community development organizations working together toward the highest possible federal funding for such programs and is coordinated by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC.)
CHCDF’s members represent a full continuum of national housing and community development organizations, including faith-based, private sector, financial/intermediary, public sector and advocacy groups. CHCDF is staffed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. It holds biweekly forums, meets with decision makers and weighs in with letters and comments to promote the importance of federal funding for affordable housing and community development programs.
The key principles underling the Campaign’s work in support of HUD’s programs are expansion and preservation:
- Expansion: Increase funds for existing, effective programs that support families and communities and enact new opportunities to increase the supply of and access to affordable rental housing and economic development opportunities.
- Preservation: Preserve existing affordable housing in order to be able to eventually meet affordable housing needs.
To achieve this expansion and preservation, we urge Congress and the Administration to:
- Realign the federal budget to preserve and expand access to affordable rental housing for low income households while continuing support for home-ownership opportunities for low and moderate income families.
- Partner with and utilize resources from federal agencies in addition to HUD to help meet affordable housing and community development goals.
- Attract private capital to supplement, not supplant, federal investments in affordable housing and community development.
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