Congress is in recess for the week of May 25. Your Representative likely will be at work in his or her home district for the week. Please use this opportunity to talk to your Member of Congress directly and urge him or her to protect the National Housing Trust Fund and fully fund HUD programs.
The U.S. House of Representatives could consider their appropriation bill for housing programs as early as the week of June 1. The House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill that was passed in committee on May 13 includes significant cuts to essential housing programs and redirects all funding that had been dedicated to the National Housing Trust Fund (see Memo, 5/18).
Here are some points to stress when speaking with your Representative and the House THUD bill:
- Support amendments to remove the NHTF from the appropriations bill.
- End the sequester caps and unnecessary austerity cuts.
- Provide funding to restore all Housing Choice Vouchers lost due to sequestration in 2013.
- Fund HOME at the $1.06 billion amount from the President’s Budget Request.
NLIHC’s Call to Action on the Congressional recess is at http://nlihc.org/article/memorial-day-recess-speak-affordable-housing.