Ask your Representatives to sign onto Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) and Rep. Gwen Moore’s (D-WI) Dear Colleague Letter, urging Congress to keep housing dollars within housing in any comprehensive tax reform bill.
Comprehensive tax reform is one of Congress’ top priorities. Tax benefits that largely serve high-income households—like the mortgage interest deduction and other homeownership tax benefits—are on the table.
Rep. Ellison has issued a Dear Colleague Letter calling on Congress to reinvest any savings from reforming these tax benefits into highly targeted rental housing programs—like the national Housing Trust Fund, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and rental assistance and production programs—instead of using the savings to lower tax rates or reduce the deficit.
Given America's growing affordable rental housing crisis, it is critical that Congress reinvest scarce federal resources into providing affordable rental homes for people with the greatest needs. With your help, we can end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all.
For more information on the mortgage interest deduction: http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/UFH_Factsheet_MID-Reform.pdf.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION
1. Ask your Representative to sign onto Rep. Ellison's Dear Colleague Letter, urging Congress to keep housing dollars within housing in any comprehensive tax reform bill. The deadline for Representatives to sign on is February 10!
2. Sign our petition in support of Rep. Ellison's Dear Colleague Letter and join more than 2,000 organizations who support reinvesting savings from tax reform into affordable housing.
3. Please share this letter with your network and encourage others to call their Representatives and sign the letter!