As Another Government Shutdown Looms, Low Income Americans At Risk Once Again

Tell Our Elected Officials to Keep the Government Open and Enact a Clean, Full-Year Spending Bill for HUD

The temporary agreement that reopened the federal government is set to expire on Friday, February 15. The reopening of a the government followed a 35-day partial government shutdown.

Congress only has a few days to reach an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY19 . According to published reports, talks between Congressional negotiators broke down over this past weekend. The breakdown of these talks raises the risk of another government shutdown if Congress and the White House can’t agree to keep the government open.

The Center for Non-Profits is asking all nonprofits in the state of New Jersey to contact their U.S. Senators, Representatives, and the White House. This is the simple message that the Center for Nonprofits is asking you to tell our elected officials.

“Government shutdowns should never be an option. Keep the government open.”

Click here for contact information to call, email, or tweet New Jerseys U.S. Senators and House delegation.

We need lawmaker to enact a clean, full-year FY 19 spending bill for HUD as soon as possible. The 35-day federal government shutdown caused widespread disruptions in the lives of millions of people across the country. Non-profits across the state played a critical role in helping to reduce the pain caused by the shutdown, address problems, maintain well-being, and help communities.

In New Jersey, more than 1,700 HUD contracts have either expired or are set to expire by the end of February 2019. Between December 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019, 702 contracts expired. Another 1,029 are set to expire by the end of February 2019.

During the recent shutdown, non-profit organizations also shared information about how the shutdown affected constituents and their day to day operations. With your help, the Center for Non-Profits was able to convey to government officials and the media how a shutdown can wreak havoc on people and organizations. However, the damaging effects of the shutdown, on people and on organizations, will be with us for some time. If the government shuts down again, the harm will be even more extensive.

The Center for Non-Profits, in collaboration with other groups across the country, is rallying concerned parties and organizations to contact the federal government with a simple but important message:

“The government shutdown reminded everyone that non-profits are the foundations of our communities, working to build well-being every day. Don’t undermine our communities; shutdowns are completely unacceptable and should never be an option.”

Please find a few minutes TODAY to share this message in three different ways:

Here is a sample tweet:


“@[Rep’sHandle] The #governmentshutdown reminded everyone that #nonprofits are the foundations of our communities, working to build well-being every day. Don’t undermine our communities; shutdowns are completely unacceptable and should never be an option”

 

Please contact Kate Kelly at kkelly@monarchhouisng.org with additional information on how the last shutdown affected your organization and constituents, and the impact that another shutdown would have if it were to happen. Also, please share any feedback you receive from your elected officials so that we can help the Center for Non-Profits monitor the response.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is organizing a national Twitter stomr on February 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Time is growing short, and a few minutes can make all the difference. Thank you for your advocacy, and for your dedication to our communities.

For more information about the national advocacy effort, visit America Deserves Better Than Another Shutdown

Click here for more information about the Center for Non-Profits.

Click here for more on the potential looming shutdown from NLIHC.

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