The Senate rejected the bill by a vote of 48-50. Both U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) voted against the funding cuts. Due to procedural rules, the Senate needed to vote before June 22 in order to pass by a simple majority. After this date, it would have needed 60 votes to pass.
The bill specifically targeted funding from the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program. This program allows public housing authorities to hire service coordinators to help residents access the resources available in their communities. These cuts would have prevented all existing contracts from being renewed, severely harming rural residents.
In addition, the cuts to the Capital Magnet Fund would reduce private-sector investments in affordable housing and community development.
Monarch Housing Associates sent out an alert to its advocates earlier this week, urging them to “Take Action” against these rescission cuts. Monarch provided a link which made it very easy for advocates to email their elected officials directly and let them know they were against these cuts. If you are interested in receiving further notifications about when to take action, email Kate Kelly.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) alerted Monarch Housing about these potentially harmful spending cuts by sending an action alert urging people to take action. Both of these action alert examples and the results of the national and more local advocacy efforts show that when elected officials hear from their constituents, they have the potential to influence their vote.
If you are passionate about ensuring there are “No Cuts to Housing,” you should attend the 2018 Congressional Reception and let your elected officials know.
On July 25th, the Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that pOportunity Starts at Home.