Oppose Cuts to Housing Benefits on April 25

NLIHC and other national leaders will join with advocates across the country to call on Congress to protect housing benefits that help America’s poorest seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and other people afford to keep roofs in a national Twitterstorm on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 pm ET and calling your senators and representatives throughout that day. An advocacy toolkit – including sample tweets, call-in script, and factsheets – is available.

NLIHC also encourages advocates to join more than 700 other organizations in signing the national letter urging Congress to protect housing benefits.

Members of the House Financial Services Committee will discuss on April 25 proposals to cut housing benefits – whether through rent increases, arbitrary work requirements, or other burdens – for millions of low income families.

Cutting housing benefits will not create jobs that pay decent wages or other opportunities needed to lift people out of poverty. Instead, such cuts would only make it harder for low income people to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity. If lawmakers are serious about economic mobility, Congress and the Trump administration should start by expanding - not slashing – investments in affordable rental homes, implementing bipartisan legislation passed in 2016 to help incentivize earnings, scaling up solutions that work, like HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency program.

The national sign-on letter is available at: https://nlihc.wufoo.com/forms/z1qaqwy61twxwoo/

The advocacy toolkit can be found at: https://bit.ly/2F9tnbG