NLIHC, the Coalition for Human Needs, and other national organizations are hosting a Call-In Day today, July 22, to urge congressional leaders and President Trump to reach an agreement to lift the federal spending caps and fully fund affordable housing programs. Without an agreement, affordable housing investments and other key resources may face devastating, across-the-board cuts of almost 10%. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your members of Congress at: 1-202-224-3121.
Congress and the White House have until October 1 to pass FY20 spending bills – including funding for affordable housing – or risk a government shutdown. Before the bills can be enacted, however, congressional leadership must reach an agreement to lift the low spending caps required by law on defense and domestic programs. If the spending caps are not lifted, key affordable housing, homelessness, and community development programs will face a nearly 10% cut.
Once an agreement is reached, the Senate will begin working on its spending bills. A budget agreement could allow even higher levels of funding for housing and community development than those included in the robust spending bill passed by the House earlier this year. For more details on the House bill, see NLIHC’s analysis and updated budget chart.
Congress has fewer than 24 legislative days before the October 1 deadline. Because Congress will soon adjourn for August recess, they must act quickly.
Join housing advocates around the country by calling your senators and representatives today to urge them to lift the low spending caps and to ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive the highest funding levels possible for FY20.
“Please work with your colleagues to lift the low federal spending caps that have prevented Congress from funding affordable housing investments at the level needed. We cannot risk across-the-board cuts to affordable housing and community development programs that help families thrive.”
Call the Capitol switchboard to contact your congressional delegation: (202) 224-3121.