President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget request slashes federal housing benefits that help millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, low-wage workers, veterans, and other vulnerable people afford their homes. In addition to severe funding cuts and in some cases the elimination of critical programs, the proposal includes harmful rent increases and arbitrary work requirements that would leave even more low income people without a stable home. Take action to oppose these proposals today; your members of Congress need to hear from you!
Groups concerned about housing, community development, and homelessness are circulating a letter urging Congress to ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for FY19. Last year, more than 3,400 national, state, and local housing and community development, faith-based, disability, and civil rights organizations, as well as officials in municipal, tribal, and state governments signed onto a similar letter. Read and sign this year's letter here.
NLIHC is also circulating a sign-on letter urging Congress to oppose any proposals that would cut housing benefits by increasing rents and imposing onerous and administratively wasteful work requirements on current and future tenants. Read and sign the letter here.
Please share these letters and encourage organizations in your network to sign on by March 16.
Read NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel’s recent “Point of View” article in Memo to Members and Partners on the president’s proposed spending cuts for the poor at: http://bit.ly/2otDpOz