Twitterstorm on Housing Cuts That Will Make Life Harder for Low Income People
On April 25, 2018, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and other national leaders will join with advocates across the country in a Twitterstorm to call on Congress to protect housing benefits that help America’s poorest seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and other people afford to keep their roofs.
NLIHC encourages advocates to join more than 1,390 other organizations in signing the national letter urging Congress to protect housing benefits. Monarch Housing Associates is proud to sign this letter and help remind Congress that it is critical that there be no cuts to housing funding.
On April 25, members of the House Financial Services Committee will discuss proposals to cut housing benefits – whether through rent increases, arbitrary work requirements, or other burdens – for millions of low income families.
Cutting housing benefits will not create jobs that pay decent wages or other opportunities needed to lift people out of poverty.
Instead, such cuts would only make it harder for low income people to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity.
If lawmakers are serious about economic mobility, Congress and the Trump administration should start by expanding – not slashing – investments in affordable rental homes, implementing bipartisan legislation passed in 2016 to help incentivize earnings, scaling up solutions that work, like HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency program.
In July, on a date still to be determined, Monarch Housing Associates is working with partners from across New Jersey to bring over 350 New Jerseyans to Washington, DC for a Congressional Reception. The theme of the Congressional Reception is “No Cuts to Housing.” You can click here to learn more about last year’s Congressional Reception.
Cuts are hurting our communities that serve low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs. As Diane Yentel said when she spoke at the 2017 Supportive Housing Conference “the reception was one of the best advocacy initiatives of 2017 and it helped to make a difference.”