Over the last year, advocates throughout the country urged members of Congress not only to reject President Trump’s call to slash affordable housing investments, but to provide much-needed increases in funding. As a result, advocates, resident leaders and Congressional champions achieved a 10% increase in federal investments in HUD’s programs in fiscal year (FY) 2018 - funding that will directly translate into more affordable homes for the lowest income people.
This is an important step forward — but there is still much more to do. Let’s build on the momentum of this year’s funding victory to carry it into the next. President Trump continues to propose huge cuts to housing benefits that help struggling seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and other populations keep roofs over their heads.
Take action to oppose President Trump’s proposal to cut housing benefits in FY19.
- Sign onto a national letter: Last year, more than 3,400 other national, state, and local organizations and government signed a letter urging robust funding for affordable housing programs. As a result of this advocacy, Congress provided a 10% increase to HUD programs. We hope you will sign onto this year’s letter about the FY19 spending bills by the April 13th deadline. Read and sign this year's letter here.
- Begin planning for the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, May 1-8. Last year, NLIHC members, national and state partners, mayors and other elected officials, and concerned individuals across the country hosted more than 60 rallies, press conferences, letter writing campaigns, and other events to defeat harmful federal affordable housing funding cuts and to tell members of Congress why affordable housing matters to our communities. We will build on last year’s successes by bringing more attention to the severe shortage of homes affordable to the lowest income people and to urge increased investments in proven solutions. Join us!