Deadline to Sign Letters for Robust Funding and to Reject Proposals to Slash Housing is March 16th
President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget request slashes federal housing benefits that help millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, low-wage workers, veterans, and other vulnerable people afford their homes.
In addition to severe funding cuts and in some cases the elimination of critical programs, the proposal includes harmful rent increases and arbitrary work requirements that would leave even more low income people without a stable home.
Take action to oppose these proposals today; your members of Congress need to hear from you!
Groups concerned about housing, community development, and homelessness are circulating a letter urging Congress to ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for FY19.
Last year, more than 3,400 national, state, and local housing and community development, faith-based, disability, and civil rights organizations, as well as officials in municipal, tribal, and state governments signed onto a similar letter. Read and sign this year’s letter here.
NLIHC is also circulating a sign-on letter urging Congress to oppose any proposals that would cut housing benefits by increasing rents and imposing onerous and administratively wasteful work requirements on current and future tenants. Read and sign the letter here.
Please share these letters and encourage organizations in your network to sign on by March 16.
Affordable housing programs are already facing a crisis of being underfunded. Across America, only one in every five families in need of housing assistance receive the help that they need.
“Those receiving affordable housing subsidies literally won a housing lottery. Over 8 million deeply poor households receive no assistance and live in housing poverty. They are one illness, one broken-down car, one missed day of work away from homelessness. They face threats of eviction and poor housing conditions and are severely cost-burdened, paying over half of their limited incomes towards rent each month,” said Diane Yentel.