Advocate to Create Homes Families Can Afford and to End Homelessness in NJ
The July 26, 2017, Congressional Reception to Advocate for No Housing Cuts is less than 45 days away.
To make the Congressional Reception a success, we need your help! We have more opportunities for you to advocate and engage with your elected officials to tell them “No Housing Cuts.”
Our advocacy toolkit, which is located on the sidebar on our website, allows you to more easily keep up with housing-related public policy issues.
The toolkit can strengthen your voice to help create homes families can afford and to end homelessness in New Jersey.
- The toolkit will feature action alerts for advocates alerting you to important and timely issues.
- You can use these action alerts to tell your representatives and senators that you want them to take action on specific issues.
- Our action alert voicing concern for President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to HUD and Medicaid is an example and a very important action alert.
President Trump’s budget slashes billions in investments to affordable housing and healthcare, which provide millions of Americans with affordable homes and healthcare.
- The budget would slash federal investments in affordable housing at HUD by nearly 17% or $7.7 billion, compared to Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.
- Overall, the proposed cuts could mean more than 250,000 people could lose their housing vouchers.
- The proposed Medicaid cuts would hurt the state of New Jersey more than other states.
- In New Jersey, The Urban Institute reported federal Medicaid funding would drop by over 20% per person, leading to the loss of $30 billion in federal Medicaid funding over the span of 10 years, reported by New Jersey Policy Perspective. Read our previous post for more information – Trump’s Budget Slams NJ More Than Most States on Medicaid.
- The proposed cuts will affect millions of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and other vulnerable people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
- Thousands of the lowest income families will lose their housing assistance – a move that will lead to higher levels of homelessness and housing poverty.
We need to you to continue your advocacy efforts and hope that you can join us in Washington, D.C. on July 26, 2017. The Congressional Reception provides the opportunity to speak with you members of Congress in person. We need you to tell them to stop housing cuts that are hurting our communities that serve low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs.
Our action alerts will help build momentum towards the July 26 Congressional Reception. Action alerts allow you to send an email to your members of Congress about your position on important issues.
We also encourage you to share our actions alerts through your social media platforms to get others involved to support the cause.
The advocacy toolkit also allows you to:
- Stay informed about key bills at both federal and state level;
- Track how your elected officials are voting on key legislation;
- Identify who your representatives at both the federal and state level and see information about them;
- Send messages to your elected officials.
Our advocacy toolkit provides information on voter registration and elections. You can get access to registration forms, absentee ballots, and important dates on submission for voter registration.
At the state level, this is critical with the election for governor on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Our prior post on Social Media Tools for July 26 Congressional Reception provides options on sharing the event.