Urge Congress to Reject Harmful Policy Riders

Twitter Storm Will Tell Congress Policy Riders Would Threaten to Derail Final Federal Spending Bill

The Clean Budget Coalition—a group of more than 200 organizations—is urging Congress and the White House to reject harmful policy riders that could prevent lawmakers from enacting a final full-year spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, putting vital investments in affordable housing at risk.

Monarch Housing’s national partner, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, has joined the Coalition in its effort.

On Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m., the Clean Budget Coalition is holding a Twitter Storm. Let’s make some noise and tell Congress to say no to harmful policy riders. Hashtags can include

  • #noriders
  • #cleanbudget
  • #doyourjob
  • #getitdone
  • #finishthebudget
  • #omnibus and
  • #thankful.

Here are some sample tweets:

  • 1000s of low income families may lose access to #affordablehousing unless #Congress passes a #cleanbudget ASAP
  • Without a #cleanbudget, Congress would put vital investments in #affordablehousing at risk
  • The #affordablehousing crisis is reaching new heights. This is not the time to put vital investments at risk. Pass a #cleanbudget
  • America is stronger when families have #affordablehousing. Tell Congress to pass a #cleanbudget ASAP to protect vital investments

If Congress does not approve a 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.

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.

To address the affordability crisis and build upon achievements made in decreasing the number of people experiencing homelessness, Congress should increase the number of families who are able to afford homes due to HUD and USDA programs, not reduce it.

A long-term CR would only make it more difficult for America’s most vulnerable families to access safe, decent, and affordable housing.

CR Impact on Affordable Housing

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