The letter also urged the appropriations committees to use the additional funding made available by the bipartisan deal lifting the low spending caps to prioritize the housing needs of the lowest income people.
Together, the three organizations called for an increase in:
public housing capital funds,
Homeless Assistance Grants, and
Housing Choice Vouchers “to help more of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families live in safe, stable, affordable housing, allowing them to live with dignity and supporting their efforts to improve their lives.”
The four serve as Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and Housing Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing Urban Development, and Related Agencies.
NLIHC, NAEH and CBPP wrote, “As you negotiate the Transportation-HUD (THUD) title of the forthcoming fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill, we thank you for your long-standing commitment to helping seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children who struggle to pay the rent and make ends meet, and we urge you to support affordable housing programs at the highest level possible.”
“The bipartisan agreement to lift the low spending caps is a unique opportunity to strengthen HUD programs to help more of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families live in safe, stable, affordable housing, allowing them to live with dignity and supporting their efforts to improve their lives. For this reason, we urge you to use the increased funding made available by the recent budget deal to prioritize affordable housing and homelessness programs – particularly public housing, homeless assistance, and housing vouchers – and to fund other critical affordable housing programs at the higher of the levels proposed in the House and Senate bills.”