The Center for American Progress’ HandsOff campaign has organized a digital day of action for January 29, the day before the State of the Union. The day of action seeks to highlight the upcoming benefit cuts (“welfare reform”) threats and to educate people before President Trump’s speech and congressional retreats—where lawmakers meet to set the agenda for the year.
Please tweet throughout the day using the sample tweets provided by NLIHC, the Center for American Progress, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. To ensure the #HandsOff hashtag trends, please focus your tweets during the 1 pm ET hour.
- Taking away housing benefits will make it even harder for struggling families to get ahead and live with dignity. If Congress cuts housing benefits, even more ppl would be homeless, living in substandard or overcrowded conditions, or struggling to meet other basic needs #HandsOff
- The best way to help struggling families earn more and get ahead is to expand – not slash – investments in affordable homes, job training, education, childcare, and other policies to help families thrive. #HandsOff
- Increasing access to affordable housing is the most cost-effective strategy for reducing childhood poverty and increasing economic mobility. Congress should be EXPANDING investments in proven affordable housing programs. #HandsOff federal affordable housing programs
- Housing benefits are designed to help people when they fall on hard times, like when they are unemployed or underemployed, and to care for those with the greatest need for assistance, including seniors, people with disabilities, and children. #HandsOff
- Work requirements will only make it more difficult for families to get and keep their jobs. Imposing such requirements will not create the well-paying jobs and opportunities that are needed to lift families out of poverty. #HandsOff
- Work requirements are counter-productive and actually prevent people from working. Work requirements will have the greatest impact on ppl w/ disabilities, who need affordable homes – and often other services offered by housing providers – in order to maintain employment #HandsOff