Advocates from across the country will have the opportunity to learn about the status and outlook for the FY18 budget process. Advocates will also learn how they can effectively communicate with policymakers and the public about the need for increased federal investments in proven affordable housing and community development programs.
Elayne Weiss, NLIHC senior policy analyst, will moderate the event. Speakers include:
With more households struggling to make ends meet, we cannot afford funding cuts to the very programs that sustain our communities and help families thrive.
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) is an education, strategy and action hub led by NLIHC. The coalition of more than 70 national organizations work to ensure the highest allocation of resources possible to support affordable housing and community development.
CHCDF’s members represent a full continuum of national housing and community development organizations, including faith-based, private sector, financial/intermediary, public sector and advocacy groups. CHCDF holds biweekly forums and meets with decision makers to promote the importance of federal funding for affordable housing and community development programs.
Despite their proven track record, affordable housing programs administered by the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have been chronically underfunded, while the need for affordable housing continues to grow.
More families now spend most their income to keep a roof over their heads, family and young adult homelessness rates are rising in many communities, and much of our nation’s affordable housing infrastructure is deteriorating.
Every state and congressional district is impacted.
Looming budget cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 threaten affordable housing and community development investments and millions of low income families.
For these reasons, CHCDF calls on Congress to lift the spending caps with parity for defense and non-defense programs and to ensure the highest level of funding possible for affordable housing.