TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to Lift Spending Caps and Fund Affordable Housing and Transportation Programs

NLIHC Call to ActionHelp Ensure THUD Appropriations Subcommittees Have Highest Possible Funding for Housing Programs in Fiscal Year 2018

Groups concerned about transportation, housing, community development, and homelessness are working together to circulate a letter urging Congress to lift the austere caps on federal spending and to ensure affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Please sign your organization on today! https://nlihc.wufoo.com/forms/urge-congress-lift-spending-caps-fund-thud-bill/

BACKGROUND

When the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law, it set in motion very low spending caps, limiting federal funding for discretionary programs. Since then, Congress and the White House have reached short-term agreements to provide limited budgetary relief equally for defense and nondefense programs.

Last year, Congress reached an agreement to increase the spending caps for FY17. This means that low spending caps will return for the FY18 budget. This could lead to devastating cuts to key affordable housing, homelessness, and transportation programs.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

With more families struggling to make ends meet, and our nation’s affordable housing and transportation infrastructure deteriorating, federal investments are ever more critical to sustain our communities and ensure families thrive. While we must work to reduce our nation’s deficit over the long-term, balancing our budget should not be done on the backs of the low income families in our nation.

Federal funding provided to the Department of Transportation and HUD provides essential capital and program funding that enables public and private partners to help more than five million seniors, people with disabilities, and other families afford stable and safe housing, promote lasting community and family economic success, build critical transportation infrastructure, and spur economic development in communities. Through these investments, Congress, reduces homelessness and housing instability, supports small-business job creation, expands our nation’s infrastructure capacity, and encourages economic recovery and growth.

HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION

Members of Congress need to hear from you! Join housing, community development, and transportation advocates around the country by signing a letter urging Congress to lift spending caps and to ensure affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Please click here to sign your organization on to the letter.

To view the letter to Members of Congress, visit  http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/CHCDF_FY18-Sequester-302b-Letter-011117.pdf .

Please share the letter and encourage organizations in your network to sign.

The deadline to sign the letter is March 3.

Questions/Comments? Please email outreach@nlihc.org with any questions.

Thank you for your support!