Harmful Policy Riders Threaten Housing Funding

Sign Coalition Letter For Full-Year Spending Bills and Protect Housing Funding

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has joined the Clean Budget Coalition—a group of more than 100 organizations—to urge Congress and the White House to reject harmful poison pill policy riders that could prevent lawmakers from enacting a final full-year spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, putting vital  affordable housing funding at risk.

Monarch Housing has signed the letter and we encourage you to do the same today to protect affordable housing funding!

If Congress does not approve full-year FY 2017 spending bills for the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agriculture (USDA) and instead passes a long-term stopgap spending measure known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), these agencies will see a steep shortfall in funding.

This will result in deep cuts to critical housing programs that could cause thousands of families and children to lose access to stable housing, putting them at increased risk of homelessness.

Sign onto the Clean Budget Coalition letter urging Congress and President Obama to pass full-year spending bills without harmful policy riders.

The deadline for signing onto the letter is Monday, October 24, 2016. All national, state, and local organizations are encouraged to sign.

A long-term continuing resolution (CR) would:

Cause thousands of families to lose access to stable housing.

  • For FY17, HUD needs approximately $1 billion more than FY16 spending levels and USDA needs $18 million more to maintain current program levels and renew existing housing assistance contracts. This increase will help to keep all families using tenant and project-based rental assistance in their homes, including veterans who have recently received HUD-VASH vouchers.
    A long-term CR at FY16 levels would result in deep cuts to critical housing programs that could cause thousands of families and children to lose access to stable housing, putting them at increased risk of homelessness.
  • Put vital investments in affordable housing at risk.Both the House and Senate proposed bills for HUD would increase resources for affordable housing programs—$200 million and $500 million, respectively—to help provide affordable, stable housing for more seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and people experiencing homelessness. As a result, both bills propose significant increases for Housing Choice Vouchers, Project Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, Homeless Assistance Grants, and Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction. In addition, the House and Senate bills provide level funding or modest increases for the Public Housing Operating Fund, Public Housing Capital Fund, Family Self Sufficiency Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

Intensify the affordable housing crisis.

  • America is in the midst of a growing affordable housing crisis. Housing costs are rising faster than wages, all while our nation’s infrastructure and housing stock is deteriorating.
  • One in four renters in America is spending more than half of household income on rent, and family and young adult homelessness rates are rising in many communities across the country as growing numbers of people are unable to pay for a place to live.
  • Over the past several years HUD, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the United State Interagency Council on Homelessness have reduced veteran homelessness by nearly 50%. That achievement was largely made possible by increased funding directly targeted at those in need of assistance.

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.

CHCDF’s members represent a full continuum of national housing and community development organizations, including more than 70 faith-based, private sector, financial/intermediary, public sector and advocacy groups. CHCDF is staffed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

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