Congressional Reception will Advocate for Threats Critical Affordable Homes Programs
The 2017 New Jersey Congressional Reception will tentatively be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
“No Housing Cuts” will be the theme that will be shared with our elected officials with the message that cuts are hurting our communities that serve low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs.
This year, more than ever, the Congressional Reception is critical! As advocates, we have our work cut out for us in the coming years. The threats to critical affordable housing programs that serve the poorest households are real and significant.
Publicize the event now, during and after July 19th. This can be done in a variety of ways:
- Add a link on your website with the July 2017 Save the Date
- Add a link to photos from last year’s Reception
- Add a link to videos from last year’s Reception
- Post information about the July 2017 Congressional Reception on your website or newsletters
- Distribute July 2017 Save the Date flyers at upcoming events around the state.
- Promote the July 2017 reception at meetings in your neighborhood, faith base community gatherings or other venues.
- Share posts about your plans to participate on July 2017 on social media using the hashtags #NJHillDay and #nohousingcuts.
- Share your ideas about additional ways to promote the event with us, sponsors and other participants.
These are samples of Tweet or Facebook posts:
- #NJHillDay July 2017 Save the Date and Join us for the Congressional Reception in DC to #nohousingcuts
- Last year I met my member of Congress. Join us this year for #NjHillDay in July to #nohousingcuts to critical housing programs
- Watch __________ speak at last year’s Congressional Reception. Join us this July for #NJHillDay to #nohousingcuts to critical housing programs
Event registration, bus reservation, and congressional district captain information to follow.
Last week, The Washington Post has reported on preliminary information based on multiple sources confirming that the Office of Management and Budget is proposing to slash the HUD budget for affordable homes and the safety net by as much as 14% or $6B – without inflationary adjustments.
Among the proposed cuts are:
- The public housing capital fund provides modernization and rehabilitation funding for the 1.2-million-unit public housing portfolio would be cut by $1.3 billion or close to a 70% reduction from last year’s funding level. These proposed cuts will dramatically accelerate the current estimated loss of 10,000 to 12,000 public housing units already lost annually.
- The public housing operating fund which covers day-to-day operational and maintenance expenses not covered by resident rents would be cut by of $600 million, a 13% percent reduction from last year, and approximately 72% of what is needed.
- The proposed cuts to Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance including Section 8 Housing and housing vouchers for homeless veterans would result in more than 200,000 families losing that critical support. Many would be forced to pay even more of their limited incomes on rent, having insufficient resources left for food, healthcare, transportation and other basic needs. Others would be unable to cover the increased cost of their rents and would face the destabilizing impact of eviction. In the worst cases, these families will become homeless.
- The Community Development Block Grant Program, which has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress, is budgeted to receive $3B this fiscal year would be cut to $0.
- The HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which provides block grants for local communities to build affordable housing, and Choice Neighborhoods, a program that invests in redeveloping low-income communities, also would be cut to $0.
- In total, about $4B in community planning and development grants would be eliminated under the Office of Management and Budget’s proposal.
- Housing for the elderly — known as the Section 202 program — would be cut by $42 million, nearly 10 percent.
- Section 811 housing for people with disabilities would be cut by $29 million, nearly 20 percent.
- HUD salaries and administrative expenses will be cut by 5 percent, down from $1.36 billion in 2016 to $1.28 billion in 2018.