Nearly 1300 Organizations Call for Increasing Funding to the National Housing Trust Fund to $3.5 Billion
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has reported that nearly 1300 organizations signed onto a letter to Congress urging increased funding to the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF.)
The letter urges Congress to increase funding to at least $3.5 billion annually through comprehensive housing finance reform. The HTF is the first new federal housing resource in a generation exclusively targeted to build and preserve homes affordable to people with the lowest incomes.
Monarch Housing Associates was one of the over 50 organizations from across New Jersey who signed on to the letter.
The HTF is funded through a small annual assessment on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s annual book of business; $174 million was allocated to states in 2016 and $220 million in 2017. The HTF needs far more resources to meet the pressing need for affordable housing for the lowest income people in America. President Donald Trump proposed to eliminate the HTF in his FY19 budget request on February 12.
As a result, 71% of extremely low income households are severely housing cost-burdened, paying more than half of their limited incomes on rent.
After paying their housing expenses, these families have insufficient resources for food, clothing, healthcare, transportation, and other basic necessities. In the worst cases, they become homeless.
In 2014, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee voted for housing finance reform legislation negotiated by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) that would have increased funding for the HTF to an estimated $3.5 billion annually with non-appropriated funds.
The letter to Congress calls for making this level of funding the starting point for any new housing finance reform legislation taken up by Congress.
United for Homes is the national campaign staffed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition that was created to end homelessness, help build a strong foundation and strengthen communities.