Members of the House began circulating “dear colleague” sign on letters in support of HUD program funding for FY13 in anticipation of a late March deadline for members to submit programmatic requests. The House of Representatives deadline for programmatic requests is March 20 and the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) subcommittee deadline for programmatic requests is March 23.
Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) is circulating a letter to House THUD subcommittee Chair Tom Latham (R-IO) and Ranking Member John Olver (D-MA) in support of funding McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants at $2.231 billion.
“On a given night in 2011, 636,017 people experienced homelessness in the United States. While this is about two percent fewer than in 2010, it is simply unacceptable for any of our nation’s veterans, families with children, youth, individuals with disabilities, or others to be sleeping on the streets,” states Ms. Moore.
The deadline for Representatives to sign the letter is March 13. Members can contact Sean Gard in Ms. Moore’s office at 202-225-4572.
Fair Housing Initiatives Program
Representative Al Green (D-TX) is circulating a letter to the House THUD subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member supporting $42.5 million for FY13 funding for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).
“HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) provides unique and vital services to the public and the housing industry. Funding this critical program at $42.5 million in FY 2013 will allow fair housing organizations across the country to continue to address the problem of housing discrimination,” writes Mr. Green.
The deadline for Representatives to sign the letter is March 14.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) are circulating a dear colleague letter to the THUD subcommittee in support of $335 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in FY13.
“Inadequate or unstable housing is not only a barrier to effective treatment, but also puts people with HIV/AIDS at risk of premature death from exposure to other diseases, poor nutrition, stress, and lack of medical care. Housing interventions are critical in our continued fight against HIV/AIDS, and even modest investments in stable housing programs saves federal and state tax dollars,” write the Representatives.
The deadline for members of the House to sign onto this letter is March 14.
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
Representatives Al Green (D-TX), Michael Grimm (R-NY), and Michael Michaud (D-ME) are circulating a letter to the THUD subcommittee in support of providing $75 million for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers in FY13. This funding level would provide approximately 10,000 new vouchers for veterans.
“Only 8 percent of the U.S. population has veteran status, but a recent HUD report determined that 16 percent of adults experiencing homelessness identified as a veteran. Quite simply, we must do better by those who served our country in the military,” write the Representatives.
The deadline for Representatives to sign onto this letter is March 15.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) is circulating a dear colleague letter to the THUD Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member in support of restoring HOME funding to at least $1.6 billion in FY13.
“Since 1990, HOME funds have helped produce more than one million units of housing, with an additional 250,000 families receiving HOME funds for tenant-based rental assistance. Additionally, funding HOME at $1.6 billion would create or preserve approximately 28,600 jobs,” writes Ms. Fudge.
The deadline for members of the House to sign on is March 15. Members can contact Maheen Siddiqui at email@example.com.
Several additional programmatic request letters are expected to be circulated in the House and in the Senate the week of March 12.
The HOME, Homeless Assistance, HOPWA, FHIP, and VASH letters are all attached to this article.