Attend a Town Hall During the August Congressional Recess and Ask a Question about Housing Funds or Policy
Members of Congress are on an August Congressional Recess and will be home through Labor Day.
Now is the perfect time to schedule an in-district meeting or site visit with your federal lawmakers to educate them about the importance of affordable housing and how potential budget cuts will hurt people with low incomes.
Eleven members of New Jerseys congressional delegation attended the July 26 Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. And one staffer sent staff from his office.
Inviting your federal lawmakers during the August Congressional Recess to tour your affordable housing or to an in-district meeting with individuals impacted by homelessness and the affordable housing crisis is a wonderful way to follow up on the success of the Congressional Reception. The Congressional Reception took place in conjunction with the NLIHC’s Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action.
Some resources you can use for the August Congressional Recess include:
If you attend a Town Hall with your elected official, here are some housing questions to ask:
Question 1: Only 1 in 4 people who need housing assistance gets this help. Without a deal to lift the spending caps, this shortfall could get even worse if we see funding cuts to programs that help families keep roofs over their heads. Where will these families go if they are evicted from their homes or are forced to live out of their cars?
Question 2: Without a bipartisan deal to lift spending caps, Congress may cut or eliminate resources that our state uses to revitalize distressed areas, build senior centers and health clinics, help families get out of shelters and into homes, and help the lowest income people afford a place to live. What are you doing to help reach a budget deal?
Question 3: We are facing an affordable rental housing crisis in our state and across the nation. It will be impossible to solve this problem unless Congress lifts the spending caps so that we can invest more — not less — in housing opportunities. Will you commit to this? And what more should Congress be doing to address this national crisis?
Question 4: Republicans in Congress are currently discussing ways to reform the mortgage interest deduction in the broader conversation around tax reform. This raises the question of how Congress should invest the savings generated by mortgage interest deduction reform: lower tax rates or reinvest the savings in affordable housing. Do you support keeping housing dollars in housing?