Taking Action to Protect Affordable Housing Under Trump Administration
On December 2, 2016, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) hosting a webinar, “The Changing Post-Election Landscape for Affordable Housing.”
Over 1,500 people across the country joined the webinar – this large response shows the numbers of advocates across the country who are ready to take action. The webinar offered up to date information and insights into the future in 2017.
The challenges ahead are matched by actions that advocates here in New Jersey and across the country can take today.
NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel provided an overview of the work needed to move affordable housing policy in the new political landscape.
Those on the call were urged to take action by:
- Protecting affordable housing resources
- Sharing your success story
- Protecting the Housing Trust Fund
- Re-prioritizing federal spending on housing
- Including housing in any infrastructure spending bill
More specifically, we need to stop further cuts to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget. You can urge New Jersey’s members of congress to enact their final FY 2017 spending bills as soon as possible and to ensure no further cuts to housing programs.
- It is critical that Congress protects affordable housing from strict spending cuts which includes lifting harmful spending caps, ensuring party between defense ad non-defense programs (matched 1:1 spending), and providing the highest allocations possible for housing programs.
- Monarch is working with partners across the state to collect stories that will who Congress the positive impacts of federal housing programs. The deadline for stories is Thursday, December 15, 2016. New Jersey has a few elected officials on the target list for these stories being collected by NLIHC.
- We need to make sure Congress knows why the National Housing Trust Fund dollars are so critically needed and should be protected. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez (D) sits on the Senate Banking Committee and in the House, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) will chair the Appropriation Committees. These can be priorities for emails to their staffers.
- The Mortgage Interest Deduction needs to be reformed and reinvested in key programs.
- Affordable housing should be included in any infrastructure spending bills. A large-scale investment in infrastructure provides an opportunity to expand affordable housing resources. Investing in affordable housing infrastructure productivity and economic growth, provides a long-term asset that connects low income families to communities of opportunity and economic mobility, and supports local job creation and increased incomes.