Continuing Resolution Ends December 7th Opportunity to Urge Your Elected Officials in DC to Fully Fund Affordable Housing
Congress failed to pass a four-bill spending package (“minibus”) that included the FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) and Agriculture spending bills, instead passing a stopgap continuing resolution running through December 7, 2018.
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate were unable to finalize several of the bills’ provisions before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. This forced Congress to pass a temporary funding measure to prevent a partial government shutdown. The temporary funding bill – known as a continuing resolution – was attached to the Labor-HHS-Education-Defense minibus, which had already been negotiated.
- The President signed into law the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 7, averting a government shutdown.
- Earlier last month the President signed a FY 2019 minibus including funding for military construction and the Departments of Energy and Veterans Affairs.
- Appropriations bills for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture have yet to be enacted and so will be funded at FY 2018 levels through December 7.
- The continuing resolutions provides lawmakers more time to agree on spending levels.
Enterprise urges Congress to enact fully funding for affordable housing and community development programs.
On July 25, 2018, over 350 New Jerseyans traveled to Washington, D.C. to tell their elected officials that Opportunity Starts at Home and carrying the message No Cuts to Housing. U.S. Senators Cory Booker (NJ-D) and Bob Menendez (NJ-D) along with members and staff from New Jersey’s delegation to the House heard the stories of constituents who have been impacted by homelessness.
The continuing resolution offers advocates the opportunity to continue to contact their elected officials in Washington, D.C., share stories of the impact of homelessness and urge them to fully fund programs to end homelessness and create affordable housing.
You can share this video with family and friends and use it to urge them to come to next year’s reception. The video is a great tool that reminds all of us of the critical importance of the advocacy efforts to prevent housing cuts and ensure that Opportunity Starts at Home for everyone in New Jersey!
The Congressional Reception had twenty-seven different impact speakers this year, all of whom spoke courageously on their experiences with homelessness or unstable housing. In addition, four congress-people spoke in addition to three of Monarch’s partners for the events.
Throughout the day, the Dirksen Senate Auditorium was filled with laughter, tears, and applause, all generated from the fantastic line up of speakers.
Many of the impact speakers spoke about how new opportunities in their life began once they were given decent, affordable housing. Patricia Mercado, for example, explained how her housing helped her to, “get a license, go to school, get a job.”