When we need advocates to weigh in with policy makers on major issues, we send out a Call to Action to our members and supporters. Take a look at recent Calls to Action here.

  • Current Call to Action

    Eviction filings by corporate landlords surged after CDC issued an eviction ban

    Subject Line:Outrageous

    September 15, 2020

    Evidence is growing that corporate landlords are trying to rush evictions through court systems before renters learn about their rights under the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) eviction moratorium. These are the same corporate landlords who repeatedly attempted illegal evictions under the more limited CARES Act eviction moratorium.

    This is outrageous and truly despicable.

    The CDC eviction moratorium protects eligible renters that have signed a declarative statement, but most renters remain unaware of the moratorium and the steps they must take to protect their homes!

    Help us get the word out!

    To be protected by the CDC’s eviction moratorium for nonpayment of rent, qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords! Details about the moratorium and a sample declaration are on NLIHC’s National Moratorium webpage that includes materials developed by NLIHC, NHLP and other national partners, including:

    Please do all you can to get the word out about the moratorium and declarations to all renters!  Urge your members of Congress and policymakers at all levels to inform struggling constituents of their protections under the CDC order. 

    Then, continue to urge Congress and the White House to #GetBacktoWork to enact the essential housing and homelessness provisions included in the HEROES Act and passed by the House four months ago!

    The federal eviction moratorium is essential relief for struggling renters, but it merely postpones evictions – it doesn’t prevent them. Renters are accruing more debt than they can possibly pay off, and small landlords are increasingly struggling to pay their bills without rental income. Congress must provide at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to keep renters stably housed during and after the pandemic and to ensure we don’t lose any of our country’s essential housing stock.

    Take Action 

    1. Share information with renters about the federal eviction moratorium and the steps they must take to be protected!
    2. Contact your senators and representatives: Demand that Congress and the White House restart negotiations and pass the essential housing and homelessness provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    3. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure people get and stay stably housed.
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.

    Thank you for your advocacy!

  • 2020

    2020 Calls to Action

    National Federal Eviction Moratorium Takes Effect Today! 

    Subject LineNational Eviction Moratorium Takes Effect Today! Learn About Protections and Steps Renters Must Take!

    Sept. 04, 2020

    federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) takes effect today, September 4, extending vital protections to tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction for nonpayment of rent during the global pandemic.

    Now we must work to ensure that every renter in need knows about this protection and takes the steps necessary to stay in their home. And we must push Congress and the White House to #GetBacktoWork on a COVID-19 relief bill that pairs a national eviction moratorium with at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance.

    What’s Next?

    To be protected, qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords. For more details about the moratorium and a sample declaration that renters can use, read NLIHC’s and NHLP’s Overview of National Eviction Moratorium and our National Eviction Moratorium: FAQ for Renters.

    The federal eviction moratorium is essential relief for struggling renters, but it merely postpones evictions – it doesn’t prevent them. When the moratorium expires on December 31, 2020, back rent will be due, and renters will be unable to pay. In the meantime, small landlords who rely on rental income to maintain and operate their properties will increasingly struggle to pay their bills.

    Congress must provide at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to keep renters stably housed during and after the pandemic and to ensure we don’t lose any of our country’s essential housing stock.

    Learn More

    Join NLIHC’s national call on coronavirus, disasters, housing and homelessness on Tuesday, September 8 at 2:30-4:00 pm ET for an in-depth discussion on the federal eviction moratorium and critical steps renters must take to ensure they are protected. Our partners at the National Housing Law Project will join us for the discussion. We will also hear about the latest data on evictions from Matthew Desmond and Peter Hepburn from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University and discuss national advocacy efforts. Register for the call here!

    Take Action 

    1. Share information with renters about the federal eviction moratorium and the steps they must take to be protected! See NLIHC and NHLP’s Overview and FAQ for more details on the moratorium and a sample declaration form that renters can use. 
    2. Participate in the #GetBackToWork National Twitterstorm on September 9 from 1pm to 2pm ET to tell Congress that housing stability during and after this pandemic cannot wait. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    3. Contact your senators and representatives: Demand that Congress and the White House restart negotiations and pass the essential housing and homelessness provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    4. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure people get and stay stably housed.
    5. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.

    Thank you for your advocacy!

    TAKE ACTION

     

    White House Issues Broad Moratorium on Evictions!

    Subject Line

    White House Issues Broad Moratorium on Evictions!

    September 1, 2020

    Today, the Centers for Disease Control took the extraordinary and unprecedented action of issuing a national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent. The action is long overdue, badly needed and will provide essential protection to millions of renters. The very least the federal government ought to do during a global pandemic is assure each of us that we won’t lose our homes in the midst of it: the administration’s action would do just that and will provide relief from a growing threat of eviction for millions of anxious families. The moratorium takes effect on September 4.

    While an eviction moratorium during the pandemic is essential, it is a half-measure that delays but does not prevent evictions. Congress and the White House must get back to work on negotiations to enact a COVID-19 relief bill with at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance. Together with a national eviction moratorium, this assistance would keep renters stably housed and small landlords able to pay their bills and maintain their properties during the pandemic.

    Read NLIHC’s statement on the eviction moratorium here: https://nlihc.org/news/statement-national-low-income-housing-coalition-president-and-ceo-diane-yentel-white-house

    Contact your members of Congress TODAY and urge them to restart negotiations and enact comprehensive relief legislation immediately.

    Background

    The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today an order to temporarily halt evictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health, the Trump administration declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure that people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay-at-home orders. The announcement cites the increased risk of spreading coronavirus when people are evicted from their home or experience homelessness. The order takes effect on September 4.

    To be covered under this action, renters must sign and provide to their landlord a declaration that they (1) have used their best efforts to obtain rental assistance; (2) expect to earn no more than $99,000 in 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), was not required to report income in 2019 to the IRS, or received an Economic Impact Payment under the CARES Act; (3) are unable to pay the full rent or make a full rent payment due to loss of income, loss of work hours, or extraordinary medical costs; (4) are using best efforts to make partial rent payments; and (5) an eviction would result in homelessness or force them to double or triple up with other households. The eviction moratorium lasts through December 31, 2020.

    The eviction moratorium does not provide emergency rental assistance resources to cover back rent, utilities, or fees. For this reason, the moratorium only postpones evictions rather than preventing them.

    The only way to protect the 30 to 40 million renters at risk of losing their homes by the end of the year is for Congress and the White House return to the negotiating table and work out a deal for the next coronavirus relief package that includes the essential resources and protections provided in the HEROES Act. Congress must enact legislation that includes NLIHC’s top priorities: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the "Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and housing vouchers; and $11.5 billion to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.

    Take Action 
    1. Participate in the #GetBackToWork National Twitterstorm on September 9 from 1pm to 2pm ET to tell Congress that housing stability during and after this pandemic cannot wait. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    2. Contact your senators and representatives: Demand that Congress and the White House restart negotiations and pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    3. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure people stay stably housed.
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.

    Thank you for your advocacy!


    TAKE ACTION

     

    On August 24, Tell Congress to #DoYourJob and #GetBackToWork

    Subject line

    Join Aug. 24 Day of Action to Demand Congress #GetBacktoWork & Pass COVID Relief Package

    Despite the growing threat of eviction and homelessness, Congress adjourned for August recess, leaving millions of renters and people experiencing homelessness without the resources and protections they need to remain stably housed. 

    Time has run out for millions of families across the country. Join NLIHC, the Coalition on Human Needs, and other advocates across the nation for a Day of Action on August 24 to demand that Congress #GetBackToWork and immediately pass a coronavirus relief bill that includes the essential resources and protections for America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness included in the “HEROES Act.”

    Take Action on August 24
    1. Call and email your senators and representatives. Tell them to #DoYourJob, get back to the negotiating table and immediately pass the essential housing provisions in the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email! Use the sample script below.
    2. Use NLIHC’s advocacy toolkit to schedule meetings with members of Congress and engage with them on housing talking points.
    3. Amplify personal stories, news articles, blog posts, and other information on social media about how congressional inaction is exacerbating evictions and harming people with the lowest incomes. Include #GetBackToWork, #DoYourJob, and #RentReliefNow in your social media posts. Use NLIHC’s social media toolkit for sample posts and images. Additional sample social media posts for the Day of Action are below.
    4. Share stories with NLIHC on how the threat of being evicted has impacted your well-being. Fill out NLIHC’s story banking form and we’ll share your stories with members of Congress, reporters, and on social media.
    5. Pitch op-eds to your local newspapers about the need for Congress to restart negotiations and how the pandemic is harming low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness. NLIHC’s #RentReliefNow Media Toolkit contains an op-ed template that you can use to help get you started
     
    Sample Script to Use When Calling or Emailing Members of Congress:

    I’m calling/emailing to urge you to get back to work, do your job, and work with your colleagues to immediately pass a coronavirus relief package that includes funding to meet the urgent needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

    Eviction risks lives, pushes families deeper into poverty, and further strains our nation’s public health system, making it more difficult to contain the virus.  People experiencing homelessness are vulnerable to contracting coronavirus, and once infected are more likely to require critical care and die from the disease. Ensuring people can remain stably housed in the middle of a pandemic is not only a moral imperative; it’s a public health necessity.

    The next coronavirus relief package must include funding to help keep America’s lowest-income renters stably housed. Congress should provide at least $100 billion for emergency rental assistance, a uniform moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions, and $11.5 billion to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

    The time for political games and brinksmanship has long passed. Negotiations must restart, and a comprehensive deal that includes robust housing and homelessness protections and resources must be reached as soon as possible.

    Sample Social Media Posts for the Day of Action:
    • It’s 8/24 & millions of Americans will be tripling up in homes or moving to shelters because the 30-day notice on evictions in the #CARESAct has expired. #GetBacktoWork Senate! We need #RentReliefNow https://tinyurl.com/y7hdl9zb
    • Landlords started filing evictions on 7/24. Now it’s 1 month later & we’re going to start seeing a new wave of evictions. #DoYourJob Senate! Help families #stablyhouse during #COVID19 by passing #RentReliefNow https://tinyurl.com/y7hdl9zb
    • 30-40M people are at high risk of eviction. The Senate needs to #GetBacktoWork, pass legislation that provides #RentReliefNow & keep these families from facing eviction https://tinyurl.com/y7hdl9zb
    • Time has run out for families across the U.S. who were scraping together resources to keep from getting evicted once the 30-day notice to evict in the #CARESAct ended. Senate, #DoYourJob! Help these families keep their homes. Support #RentReliefNow https://tinyurl.com/y7hdl9zb
    • #CARESAct eviction protections expire today & millions of families don’t see any relief in sight. The Senate must #GetBacktoWork & help their constituents keep roofs over their heads during #COVID19 https://tinyurl.com/y7hdl9zb
    • #TrumpsEO did NOTHING to help with evictions & homelessness. Now, millions of families are out of time & can no longer stay in their homes. The Senate must #GetBacktoWork & do what they can to help these families #stablyhouse https://tinyurl.com/y7hdl9zb
     
    Background

    Without immediate action by Congress, 30 to 40 million renters are at risk of being evicted by the end of the year. Even before expanded unemployment benefits and the federal eviction moratorium expired at the end of July, 1 in 5 adults were behind on rent. Experts estimate that renters already owe $25 billion in back rent and could owe as much as $70 billion by the end of the year – an amount they cannot possibly pay back.

    Senate Republicans unveiled yesterday a revised coronavirus relief proposal that is even more unacceptable and inadequate than their first one (“HEALS Act”); the new proposal does not even include the woefully inadequate $3.3 billion in housing resources in the “HEALS Act.” See a statement by NLIHC CEO Diane Yentel about this new Republican gambit at: https://bit.ly/3iQy9iC  

    The White House and congressional leaders must return to the negotiating table and work out a deal for the next coronavirus relief package that includes the essential resources and protections provided in the HEROES Act, including NLIHC’s top priorities: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the "Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and housing vouchers; and $11.5 billion to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.

    The stakes could not be higher. Every day of inaction puts more seniors, people with disabilities, families, and other individuals at imminent risk of losing their homes.

    TAKE ACTION

     

    Renters Can’t Wait!

    Congress and the White House Must Return to the Negotiating Table NOW.

    Subject LineDemand that Negotiations Resume! Renters Can’t Wait!

    Last week, President Trump walked away from the negotiating table when he released an executive order that would do nothing to protect renters. With negotiations stalled, tens of millions of renters are left at high risk of losing their homes.

    Contact your members of Congress TODAY! The time for political games and brinksmanship has long passed. Negotiations must restart, and a comprehensive deal that includes robust housing and homelessness protections and resources must be reached as soon as possible.

    Take Action
    1. Contact your senators and representatives: Demand that Congress restart negotiations and pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure people stay stably housed.
    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.
    Background

    On August 8, President Trump backed away from negotiations and signed an empty shell of an executive order.  As NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel said in a recent statement, the executive order “does nothing to prevent evictions and homelessness and acts only to mislead renters into believing they are protected when they are not.” The president signed the executive order despite growing bipartisan support for congressional action to address the housing and health needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

    Without significant and sustained action by Congress, 30 to 40 million renters are at risk of being evicted by the end of the year.

    The president and congressional leaders must return to the negotiating table and work out a deal for the next coronavirus relief package that includes the essential resources and protections provided in the HEROES Act, including NLIHC’s top priorities: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the "Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and housing vouchers; and $11.5 billion to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.

    The cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of providing essential rental assistance to households at risk of eviction and homelessness.

    The stakes could not be higher. Every day of inaction puts more seniors, people with disabilities, families, and other individuals at imminent risk of losing their homes.

    Join us in demanding comprehensive solutions NOW.

    Thank you for your crucial advocacy!

    TAKE ACTION

     

    The Time For Political Games Has Long Passed. We Need #RentReliefNow!
    Subject lineThe Time For Political Games Has Long Passed. We Need #RentReliefNow!

    Today, President Trump signed an executive order purporting to stop evictions, but he provided no details on how this order would keep struggling renters in their homes. The President’s action is woefully inadequate, creating confusion and chaos at a time when renters need assurance that they will not be kicked out of their homes during a pandemic.

    The time for political games, half-measures, and brinkmanship has long passed. President Trump must go back to the negotiating table to work out a comprehensive deal with Congress to prevent tens of millions of renters from losing their homes in the coming months. We need to #StopEvictions and provide #RentReliefNow!

    Take Action
    1. Contact your senators and representatives: Demand that Congress pass the essential housing and homelessness provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.
    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.
    Background

    The president’s authority to establish a broad national eviction moratorium in the absence of congressional action is questionable and will almost certainly be quickly challenged in court by landlord associations. Even if upheld in court, this executive order would be a half-measure. And in many ways, it’s an empty shell: despite Trump declaring he would stop evictions, the EO provides no clear directive for any entity to do so. Because the purported moratorium is not paired with substantial emergency rental assistance it could, at best (and this is highly questionable), merely postpone evictions nationwide - it will not prevent them. Read NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel’s full statement here.

    Economist Mark Zandi estimates that renters already owe $25 billion in back rent and could owe as much as $70 billion by the end of the year.  Without significant and sustained congressional action, 30 million to 40 million renters are at risk of being evicted by the end of the year.

    The president and Congress must ensure the next coronavirus relief package includes the essential resources and protections provided in the HEROES Act, including NLIHC’s top priorities: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the "Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act" and housing vouchers; and $11.5 billion to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.

    Every day of inaction puts more seniors, people with disabilities, families, and other individuals at imminent risk of losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic. Join us in demanding comprehensive solutions NOW.

    Thank you for your crucial advocacy!

    TAKE ACTION

     

    We Are Making Progress – Don’t Let Up!

    Thanks to your advocacy, we are continuing to gain ground in building support for essential housing and homelessness resources and protections as negotiations for the next coronavirus relief package move forward. The White House has put rental assistance on the table for negotiations and has called for an executive order on eviction moratoriums, although both offers are inadequate to address the urgent need. More than a dozen Republican lawmakers have weighed in with their leadership in support of measures to prevent evictions and homelessness. Democratic leadership continues to hold firm on NLIHC’s top priorities to address the health and housing needs of the lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

    The stakes could not be higher, and now is a key moment for advocates. Together, we can make a real difference. Keep calling on your members of Congress to ensure robust resources and protections for the lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness remain a priority in negotiations.

    Even if you have already reached out – do so again today!

    Take Action
    1. Contact your senators and representatives again today: Demand that Congress pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.
    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.
    Background

    Thanks to your advocacy, lawmakers are increasingly feeling the pressure to act to ensure housing stability during the coronavirus pandemic and address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

    It is unclear when a deal will be reached, but so far, all of NLIHC’s top priorities are on the table: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act;” $11.5 billion to help address the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness; and at least $13 billion in additional resources to ensure housing stability.

    It is critical that advocates do not let up the pressure until a final deal is reached. “The stakes could not be higher during this public health crisis,” NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel warned in a press statement. “Ensuring that everyone is stably housed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a moral imperative – it is a public health necessity.”

    Contact your members of Congress now!

    Thank you for your crucial advocacy!

    TAKE ACTION

     

    Keep Pushing Congress to Provide Housing Stability in Next Coronavirus Relief Package!

    Your advocacy over the last several months is having a tremendous impact. Thanks to your hard work, there is growing bipartisan support for robust resources and protections for low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness in the next coronavirus relief package.

    It is critical that advocates keep up the pressure on their Senators and Representatives. Congress may reach a deal soon, and a tsunami of evictions is coming if Congress fails to act.

    The moment is now – Keep contacting your members of Congress!

    Take Action
    1. Contact your senators and representatives again today: Demand that Congress pass the essential housing and homelessness provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.
    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.
    Background

    While negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House are moving slowly, we are making significant progress! Thanks to your advocacy over the past several months, all of NLIHC’s top priorities are on the table for negotiations: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act;” $11.5 billion to help address the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness; and at least $13 billion in additional resources to ensure housing stability.

    There is now bipartisan interest in renewing some type of federal eviction moratorium, and about a dozen Republican Senators have weighed in with Senate leadership about protecting renters at risk of eviction. Democratic champions are holding firm on the need for essential resources and protections for America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

    Without swift and significant federal intervention our nation will see a devastating – yet entirely preventable – eviction and homelessness crisis. The federal eviction moratorium and expanded unemployment benefits have expired, and renters have no protections in more than half of all states. Before rent was due again on August 1, renters owed more than an estimated $21.5 billion in back rent; many of these households will need emergency rental assistance to help keep them in their homes.

     “The stakes couldn’t be higher during this public health crisis,” NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel warned in a press statement. “Ensuring that everyone is stably housed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a moral imperative – it is a public health necessity.”

    Contact your members of Congress now!

    Thank you for your crucial advocacy!

     

    Renters Can’t Wait: Tell Congress to Fund #RentReliefNow!

    We need #RentReliefNow! More than 1 in 4 adults either missed last month’s rent payment or have little to no confidence they can make next month’s payment on time due to the pandemic. The eviction moratoriums on federally backed apartments expired on July 24, statewide protections are quickly ending, and rent is due again in just two days. People experiencing homelessness are at high risk of contracting, becoming very ill or dying, and potentially spreading COVID-19.

    Renters and people experiencing homelessness can’t wait. Contact your members of Congress TODAY and tell them that it is unconscionable and unacceptable to allow people to remain unhoused or to lose their homes during a pandemic.

    Take Action Today
    1. Contact your senators and representative today:  tell them that the Senate proposal is unacceptable and that Congress must pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!

    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.

    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!

    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.

    Background

    While the Senate Republican proposal for the next coronavirus relief package would do next to nothing to stem the tide of evictions that has already begun, NLIHC is already seeing that your advocacy is having an impact. Democratic leaders are continuing to focus on the threat of evictions, and in our meetings with Hill staff, we are hearing from more Republican members of Congress about the need for emergency rental assistance. President Trump even called for a short-term extension of the federal eviction moratoriums, and while this is insufficient, his statement marks the first time the president has acknowledged the looming eviction crisis. Policymakers are feeling pressure to act!

    Together, we’re making progress, but we have so much work ahead of us to ensure that renters with the lowest incomes and people experiencing homelessness are protected!

    Congress must pass essential housing and homelessness protections in the HEROES Act – including NLIHC’s top priorities – a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act;” $11.5 billion to help address the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness; and at least $13 billion in additional resources to ensure housing stability.

    As NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel described in a press statement, “The stakes couldn’t be higher during this public health crisis: Ensuring that everyone is stably housed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a moral imperative – it is a public health necessity.

    Contact your members of Congress now!

    Thank you for your crucial advocacy!


     

    Urgent Action is Needed: Contact Your Members of Congress Today!

    After months of harmful and unnecessary delays, Senate Republicans released today a coronavirus relief package that would leave millions of America’s lowest-income renters at risk of evictions and homelessness due to the pandemic. It also leaves people currently experiencing homelessness without any of the resources they need to stay safe during this public health crisis.

    Congress needs to hear from advocates TODAY! Please contact your senators and representatives and tell them that it is immoral and unacceptable to allow people to lose their homes during a pandemic. It has never been clearer that housing is healthcare!

    Take Action Today
    1. Contact your senators and representatives today and tell them that the Senate proposal is unacceptable and that Congress must pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!

    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.

    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!

    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.

    Background

    Without a significant and sustained federal intervention, between 19 million and 23 million renters may lose their homes in the coming months. The wave of evictions has already begun; Congress must act to prevent it from being a tsunami, and we are running out of time.

    Despite the clear and urgent need, Senate Republicans propose only $3.3 billion to assist those households living in public housing or receiving HUD vouchers or USDA rental assistance. The proposal includes no emergency rental assistance for the millions of unassisted households facing evictions and homelessness during the pandemic. The proposal also fails to extend the federal moratorium on evictions that expired last week due or to expand it to cover all renters. The proposal includes no resources to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness who are at great risk of severe illness and death due to the virus. And it calls for slashing unemployment insurance (UI) payments for millions of low-wage workers who lost jobs during the pandemic, many of whom have used the benefits to stay housed.

    This lack of housing protections and insufficient resources is unconscionable and unacceptable. It is also shortsighted; evictions risk lives, drive families deeper into poverty, further burden overstretched hospital systems, and make it much more difficult for the country to contain the virus. And, as NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel described in a press statement, the proposed funding “is a drop in an ocean of need among unsubsidized renters and people experiencing homelessness.” Read the full statement at: https://bit.ly/3jLn0kA

    Congress must pass essential housing and homelessness protections in the HEROES Act – including NLIHC’s top priorities – a national, uniform moratorium on evictions to cover all renters; $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act”; $11.5 billion to help address the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness; and $13 billion in additional resources to ensure housing stability.

    The stakes could not be higher during this public health crisis: Every day of inaction puts more low-income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and others at immediate risk of losing their homes. Ensuring that everyone is stably housed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a moral imperative – it is a public health necessity.

    There is broad support for emergency housing resources in the HEROES Act. More than 950 organizations signed onto a letter supporting the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” included the HEROES Act. Nearly 750 organizations signed onto a letter supporting the full scope of housing provisions in the HEROES Act. Add your organization onto these letters here.

    Contact your members of Congress now!


    Take Action! Help Stop HUD’s Proposed Rule to Allow Discrimination Against Transgender People Experiencing Homelessness

    HUD published today a proposed rule change that would remove protections against discrimination of transgender and gender non-conforming people experiencing homelessness, severely limiting their ability to access emergency shelters and services. The proposed rule is the latest in a series of attacks by the Trump administration against the LBGTQ+ community.

    Take action and help stop this harmful proposal by submitting comments in opposition by September 22. Tell the Trump administration and HUD that everyone has the right to access homeless shelters and other emergency services paid for with taxpayer dollars. Access to shelter and housing is a fundamental necessity—no one should be left in the street because of bigotry.

    Background

    Under HUD’s 2016 Equal Access Rule, all federally funded housing, facilities, and services must ensure equal access to programs, benefits, services, and accommodations for all individuals regardless of gender identity and without intrusive questioning or documentation requirements. This rule improved the treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals without homes, allowing them to safely secure shelter and emergency services without being turned away due to discrimination.

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s proposed rule would remove anti-discrimination protections for transgender people seeking shelter by allowing shelter providers to refuse services to them based solely on their gender identity. HUD justifies the proposal by citing “religious freedom” and supposed privacy and safety concerns rooted in negative stereotypes rather than on evidence.

    NLIHC, True Colors United, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Housing Law Project, and other national organizations have launched the Housing Saves Lives campaign to oppose this anti-transgender rule. Advocacy tools and resources you can use to oppose the proposal are available at HousingSavesLives.org  

    How You Can Submit Comments

    The Housing Saves Lives campaign is calling for individuals and organizations to submit public comments in opposition to HUD’s proposed rule before the September 22 deadline.

    Comments are most helpful when they are personalized and unique. To help craft your unique comment please use this template and submit your comment to HUD through a portal at HousingSavesLives.org.

    To keep up with the latest news and resources go to HousingSavesLives.org


    Virtual Lobby Day Is Next Week! The U.S. Senate will move on a COVID-19 spending package before the end of July. The window is closing for needed advocacy. The time to act is now!

    NLIHC and our partners throughout the country have been hard at work urging Congress to adopt our key priorities in the next COVID legislative package, including: $100 billion in emergency rental assistance, a national eviction moratorium, and $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grant funding for homeless service providers. Now is the time for advocates to take action to demand #RentReliefNow!

    Participate in a Virtual Lobby Day on July 21!

    When the Senate returns to work on July 20, they will begin discussions and negotiations on a spending package to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recession. Any final bill must include the housing provisions of HEROES Act that has passed in the House of Representatives. In this crucial moment, join NLIHC and numerous national partners by setting up virtual lobby visits throughout the day on Tuesday, July 21.

    NLIHC’s toolkit makes your participation easy. The toolkit includes talking points, statistics, a template email to request a meeting, a list of top policy asks, and sample tweets. NLIHC staff are also available to help set up and attend your virtual meetings if such assistance is needed. Please reach out to your housing advocacy organizers for more information; we look forward to assisting you in your advocacy!

    If you have meetings already setup for Virtual Lobby Day, let us know by emailing any of the organizers on NLIHC's field team or by filling out this quick form to submit your meeting. When your lobby meetings are done, please also complete this Lobby Visit Report Back Form. Even if you have done a meeting in the past couple of days or will do one or more on other days next week, we'll still count that for our total. And be sure to tweet about your meetings by tagging your member of Congress and using the hashtag #RentReliefNow!

    CONGRESS MUST ACT! JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY! 
    Congress must pass the housing elements of the HEROES Act to protect low-income renters and prevent a tsunami of evictions

    Advocates for housing justice throughout the country are raising the concerns of low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic in meetings and conversations with members of Congress and their staff. IT’S WORKING! Support and enthusiasm for key housing resources and provisions is growing in both the Senate and House due to your outstanding advocacy efforts.

    As the Senate returns to business on July 20, let’s band together and make clear that the lowest-income renters cannot wait! Join us for a Virtual Lobby Day on July 21, 2020 to urge Congress to act quickly to provide emergency housing resources and protections for the lowest-income people during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Congress needs to hear from you about the increase in evictions happening in your communities, the threat of many more to come, and the need for people to have homes in order to “stay at home” during this health crisis. We must not allow massive numbers of households to be driven into homelessness during the pandemic. Read NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel’s op-ed, published today, on the coming wave of evictions and what must be done to stop ithttps://bit.ly/3f8X3bS

    We encourage all advocates to participate in the Virtual Lobby Day by scheduling video or phone meetings with your representatives and senators to take place on Tuesday, July 21. Together, we will urge Congress to include NLIHC’s top priorities for housing stability in the next coronavirus relief package. Congress should:

    • Provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help low-income renters avoid evictions and homelessness;
    • Pass a national, uniform moratorium on evictions;
    • Provide $11.5 billion to help local communities address the pressing health and safety needs of people experiencing homelessness; and
    • Provide at least $13 billion in additional funding for HUD and USDA housing programs to ensure housing stability during and after the pandemic.

    Each of these provisions were in the “HEROES Act” and the “Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act,” both of which were recently passed by the House of Representatives. But the Senate has so far failed to act! It must do so immediately.

    Join us in demanding that Congress take immediate action to ensure housing stability for low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

    Find information and resources from NLIHC to help make your Virtual Lobby Day a success here: https://bit.ly/2ZPbnzB

    Take Action!
    Urge Your Members of Congress to Vote “YES” on Urgently Needed Housing and Homelessness Resources!

    The House of Representatives will vote next week – as soon as Monday, June 29 – on a package of critically needed emergency housing resources and protections to help keep renters in their homes and to address the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness!

    Contact your representatives and senators today and urge them to vote to approve H.R. 7301, the “Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020.”

    TAKE ACTION!

    Background

    The House already approved critically needed housing resources and protections in the HEROES Act – including all of NLIHC’s top priorities – but Senate leadership continues to delay negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package.

    Struggling renters cannot wait! Rent is due on July 1, and millions of the lowest-income renters across the nation can’t afford to pay. Eviction moratoriums are expiring, and local efforts to provide emergency rental assistance are quickly overwhelmed by the need. Without immediate action by Congress, we will see a wave of evictions and a spike in homelessness across the country.

    To underscore the urgency and pressure the Senate to act – either on the full HEROES Act or on emergency housing provisions alone – the House will vote next week on H.R. 7301, “the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020”. The bill includes the housing and homelessness resources approved by the House in the HEROES Act, including NLIHC’s top priorities: $100 billion in emergency rental assistance; a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures; $11.5 billion to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness; and additional needed resources to ensure housing stability.

    Learn more about NLIHC’s priorities for the next coronavirus-relief package here.

    Learn more about the housing provisions in the HEROES Act and H.R. 7301 here.

    Take Action TODAY!
    1. Contact your representative and urge them to vote to approve H.R. 7301, “the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020.” Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email! Tweet at them using #RentReliefNow!
    2. Contact your senators and urge them to immediately bring the bill up for a vote on the Senate floor. Send an email from NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center and tweet at them using #RentReliefNow!
    3. Sign your organization onto national letters in support of vital resources to protect renters and people experiencing homelessness during and after this pandemic. Share the letters with your network and on social media using #RentReliefNow!

    On June 1, rent is due and millions of people in America can’t afford to pay. We need #RentReliefNow!

    On June 1, #RentisDue and Congress returns to DC to get back to work. Join NLIHC and our partners across the country for a 1pm ET tweetstorm calling on Congress to ensure housing stability during and after the pandemic! Across the country and across party lines, Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to act immediately to keep people stably housed. 

    Find sample tweets here. Use these images with your tweets.

    Without immediate action, there will be a wave of evictions and a spike in homelessness throughout the country. Congress must act to prevent this tragic, costly and unnecessary outcome by: providing at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance; implementing a uniform, national moratorium on evictions; and providing $11.5 billion to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. These urgently needed provisions are included in the House-passed HEROES Act.

    NLIHC’s Opportunity Starts at Home campaign recently commissioned a public poll and found overwhelming bipartisan support for our policy solutions. Fully 9 out of 10 people in America want Congress to implement an eviction moratorium, provide emergency rental assistance and fund solutions for people experiencing homelessness. See a breakdown of the poll results  and tweet about them!

    Join the Tweetstorm on June 1 at 1pm ET, and take 3 more easy actions to support #RentReliefNow:

    1. Tell your senators to ensure housing stability during and after the pandemic
    2. Sign your organization on to letters urging Congress to take immediate action to keep people housed.
    3. Join our next national call on Coronavirus, Housing and Homelessness to hear from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others on what more we can to do ensure our critical housing provisions remain in the final spending bill!
    Thank you for your advocacy!

    House Vote Tomorrow! Urge Congress to Provide Housing Stability!

    Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act,” which includes NLIHC’s top priorities for the next coronavirus relief bill, including:

    • The “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help keep renters stably housed.
    • $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.
    • A national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.
    • Nearly $13 billion in funding for housing programs at HUD and USDA.

    For more details on the housing and homeless provisions in the HEROES Act, see NLIHC’s updated budget chart and analysis.

    Contact your representative TODAY and urge them to pass these critically needed housing and homelessness provisions!

    Then, take 3 more actions to ensure that housing and homelessness resources are a top priority for the next coronavirus relief package:

    1. Tweet thanks to Speaker Pelosi, Chair Maxine Waters, Chair David Price, Representative Denny Heck and all original cosponsors of the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act for prioritizing #RentReliefNow and homeless assistance funding in the House bill.
    2. Ask your senators and representative to cosponsor the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act. Over 170 members of Congress are cosponsoring these bills, but we need more to get it enacted! Is your member of Congress an original cosponsor? If so, thank them! If not, urge them to cosponsor TODAY! Contact your members of Congress using NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center. Learn more about the bill here.
    3. Show your support for the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act by signing your organization onto this letter and sharing it widely with your networks. National, state, and local organizations and government officials are encouraged to sign on!

    Take Action Today:
    Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Needed Housing/Homelessness Resources in the Next Coronavirus Relief Package!

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled today the Democratic proposal for the next coronavirus relief package, which - thanks to your advocacy - includes our three top priorities to ensure housing stability during and after the pandemic!

    This is an important step forward, but we have a lot more work to do! Join advocates across the nation to ensure that the needs of people experiencing homelessness and the lowest-income renters are a top priority in the next coronavirus relief bill!

    Four Ways to Take Action TODAY:

    Here are four ways you can ensure that housing and homelessness resources are a top priority for the next coronavirus relief package:

    1. Tweet thanks to Speaker Pelosi, Chair Maxine Waters, Chair David Price, Representative Denny Heck and all original cosponsors of the Emergency Rental Assistance Act for prioritizing #RentReliefNow and homeless assistance funding in the House bill!
    2. Tell your members of Congress the next relief package must include these items from the House bill:
      1. The Emergency Rental Assistance Act with $100 billion for emergency rental assistance
      2. $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to protect people experiencing homelessness
      3. A national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
    3. Ask your senators and representative to cosponsor the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act.” Find out if your members of Congress are already original cosponsors of the bill. Contact your members of Congress using NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center.
    4. Show your support for the Emergency Rental Assistance Act by signing onto this letter and sharing it widely with your networks. National, state, and local organizations and government officials are encouraged to sign on!
    Background

    Even before the pandemic, 8 million of America’s lowest-income households were already struggling to pay rent and make ends meet. Now these households are facing an even greater risk of evictions and homelessness. People of color are far more likely to experience evictions and homelessness, and without additional support, they will be most severely impacted by housing instability as a result of this public health crisis.

    To address these critical needs, Congress must include robust housing and homelessness resources in the next coronavirus relief bill, including the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance; a national, uniform eviction moratorium to protect all renters from evictions; and at least $11.5 billion to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness. See the full list of NLIHC’s policy recommendations here.

    Thanks to your advocacy, the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” has already garnered outstanding support. The bill was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) with 135 representatives and 29 senators as original cosponsors. The bill would provide $100 billion in direct support to help people avoid housing instability during and after the pandemic. Without emergency rental assistance, many households will face the destabilizing impacts of evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness, with enormous negative consequences for individuals, their communities, and our economy. To learn more, see NLIHC’s factsheet on the bill.

    Please continue to contact your senators and representatives and urge them to cosponsor this critical legislation and include it and our other top priorities in the next spending bill! Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email from NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center. Then tag your members of Congress and tweet about it using the hashtag #RentReliefNow!

    National, state, and local organizations and government officials can also show your support for this legislation by signing onto this letter and sharing it widely using #RentReliefNow.

    Take Action: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Cosponsor Bill to Provide $100 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance
    Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairwoman Maxine Waters and Representative Denny Heck To Introduce Legislation to Ensure Housing Stability During and After the Pandemic

    Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Denny Heck (D-WA), and over seventy original cosponsors will soon introduce the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help keep the lowest-income renters stably housed during the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, will introduce companion legislation this week. Congress must include this much-needed investment in the next coronavirus relief bill.

    Urge your senators and representatives to be original cosponsors of this critical legislation! Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email from NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center. Then tweet about it using the hashtag #RentReliefNow!

    If you’re part of a national organization, show your support for this critical legislation by signing onto this letter.

    And join today’s national call on coronavirus, housing and homelessness at 2:30-4:00 pm ET to learn more about the bill and what’s next to get it enacted!

    Background

    Even before the pandemic, 8 million of America’s lowest-income households were already struggling to pay rent and make ends meet. Now these households are facing an even greater risk of evictions and homelessness. People of color are far more likely to experience evictions and homelessness, and without additional support, they will be most severely impacted by housing instability as a result of the public health crisis.

    Emergency rental assistance provides direct support to help people who have lost jobs shelter in place and avoid housing instability during and after the pandemic. Temporary moratoriums on evictions offer temporary protections for some renters, but rent arrears will accumulate. People who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak will struggle to cover large sums of back-rent once it comes due. Without emergency rental assistance, these households will face the destabilizing impacts of evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness, with enormous negative consequences for individuals, their communities, and our economy. Emergency rental assistance is also necessary to ensure the continued viability of our country's essential affordable housing infrastructure.

    “It’s tough to shelter at home if you don’t have a home. Without rental assistance, millions of families and individuals will be at risk of eviction, threatening their health and creating long-term negative consequences for renters, their children, and our entire economy,” said Senator Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. “The Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020 will provide critical rental assistance to help families and individuals stay in their homes during and after this public health crisis.”

    “We’ve passed an emergency bill to assist small business, support hospitals & create widespread testing,” tweeted Maxine Waters (D-CA), chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. “I’ve warned everyone we must include my $100 billion plan to protect renters from evictions...I’m prepared to fight till hell freezes over to get it done!”

    Find out if your members of Congress are already original cosponsors of the "Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act."

    To learn more, see NLIHC’s factsheet on the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act.”

    Take Action

    Contact your senators and representatives and urge them to cosponsor the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and ensure that it is included in the next coronavirus relief package! Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email from NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center. Then tweet about it using the hashtag #RentReliefNow!

    Amplify the bill on social media using #RentReliefNow. Tag your member of Congress. Find out if they’re already an original cosponsor of the bill

    Here are sample tweets:

    • 8M were struggling to pay rent before #COVID19. We need emergency #RentReliefNow! We support a bill from @SenSherrodBrown @RepDennyHeck @RepMaxineWaters and over 70 cosponsors to ensure housing stability during #COVID19. Call your members of Congress & tell them to support this bill https://tinyurl.com/y9hc8oj7
    • #DYK @SenSherrodBrown @RepDennyHeck @RepMaxineWaters and 70+ cosponsors are working to ensure housing stability for all Americans during #COVID19? We support their efforts & urge other members of Congress to do so too! We need #RentReliefNow! https://tinyurl.com/y9hc8oj7
    • [email protected] @RepDennyHeck @RepMaxineWaters are introducing a bill that provides $100B in emergency #rentalassistance to stably house America’s lowest-income renters. We support this bill. Tell Congress we need #RentReliefNow https://tinyurl.com/y9hc8oj7
    • Vital resources to protect low-income renters at high risk with #COVID19, must be incl. in the next #COVID bill. Support proposal from @SenSherrodBrown @RepDennyHeck @RepMaxineWaters for #RentReliefNow  tinyurl.com/y8j6rvv6
    • It's never been more clear that #HousingIsHealthcare. Emergency #rentalassistance will not only keep the lowest-income families stably housed, but it will also help to curb the spread of #COVID19 & save lives. Let's take action! #RentReliefNow tinyurl.com/y8j6rvv6
    • Rent is past due & millions of the lowest-income families can’t afford to pay. Call Congress, tell them we need #RentReliefNow. Support proposal from @SenSherrodBrown @RepDennyHeck @RepMaxineWaters #COVID19 tinyurl.com/y8j6rvv6
    • Millions of Americans are out of work & fearing eviction from their homes. Unemployment Insurance doesn’t cover lost wage. Support #RentReliefNow proposal from @SenSherrodBrown @RepDennyHeck @RepMaxineWaters tinyurl.com/y8j6rvv6
    • Homelessness and rental instability are dire threats during #COVID19. We need moral leadership. Join us for today’s #NationalCallDay & tell Congress the needs of America’s lowest-income families can’t wait. https://tinyurl.com/y8j6rvv6 #RentReliefNow
    • Incl. hsg & homelessness resources in the #CARESAct was an important 1st step, but Congress must do more to address the dire needs of people struggling from #COVID19. Call Congress & tell them to fund $100B for #rentalassistance https://tinyurl.com/y8j6rvv6

    Join today’s national call on coronavirus, housing and homelessness at 2:30-4:00 pm ET to learn more about the bill and what’s next to get it enacted!

    Join a National Call-In Day on May 4 to Demand Funding for Homelessness and Affordable Housing in the Next Coronavirus Relief Package

    NLIHC and other national leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding are hosting a national call-in day on May 4 to urge Congress to include funding to meet the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and America’s lowest-income renters in the next coronavirus relief package.

    It is crucial that advocates contact their representatives and senators and urge them to support vital resources and protections, including $11.5 billion to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness, $100 billion in emergency rental assistance, and a uniform national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. See all of NLIHC’s recommendations for the next relief package here.

    Call Congress on May 4 to Demand Funding for Homelessness and Affordable Housing Programs in the Next Coronavirus Relief Package!

    Background

    House and Senate leaders are currently debating the scope of the fourth coronavirus package; the next few weeks will be critical for advocates as we work together to ensure significant housing and homelessness resources are included in the bill.

    Congress provided $12 billion in housing and homelessness resources in the CARES Act, but far more resources are needed. COVID-19 outbreaks are already occurring in shelters and homeless encampments, with enormous consequences for people experiencing homelessness, their communities, and our public health systems. Even before this pandemic, America’s lowest-income renters were struggling to pay rent each month and make ends meet: many of these renters are now facing job losses and reduced wages. Congress must provide at least $100 billion in rental assistance to keep the lowest income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic, and to preserve our country’s essential affordable housing stock.

    Take Action

    Contact your senators and representatives on Monday, May 4 to demand funding for housing and homelessness in the next coronavirus relief package! Call here or send an email from NLIHC's Legislative Action Center.

    Sample Script

    I’m calling to urge you to ensure the next coronavirus relief package includes funding to meet the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and America’s lowest-income renters.

    As the health and economic impacts of coronavirus becomes clear, our country’s lowest-income and most marginalized people are at the greatest risk of harm. People experiencing homelessness are vulnerable to contracting the disease, and once infected are more likely to require critical care and die from COVID-19. Resources are needed NOW to curb the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

    The next coronavirus relief package must include funding to help keep America’s lowest-income renters stably housed. Congress should provide at least $100 billion for emergency rental assistance and implement a uniform national moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures.

    Please tell House and Senate leadership to ensure the next Congressional relief package addresses the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and the lowest-income renters!

    Join us for a Webinar on Homelessness and Affordable Housing Provisions in the CARES Act, April 23

    Join members of NLIHC’s Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding and Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a webinar on opportunities for advocates and state and local governments to meet the immediate and long-term housing needs of low-income communities and people experiencing homelessness.

    Register Today!

    The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act” provided billions of dollars in flexible funding to help prevent an outbreak of the virus among people experiencing homelessness, as well as needed resources and protections for America’s lowest-income renters. Panelists will discuss how funding from the CARES Act can be effectively utilized to provide critical services to people experiencing homelessness and low-income households. We’ll also discuss the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities and provide an outlook on the prospective fourth relief package being developed in Congress.

    Urgent Action Needed
    Congressional Leaders Must Address Immediate Housing and Health Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness and Low-Income Renters in Coronavirus Response

    People experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and are far more likely to need hospitalization and to die as a result of the illness. It is not only a moral imperative that Congress provide for their needs, but also an urgent public health necessity. We must also ensure that America’s lowest-income renters can remain stably housed during and after this pandemic. The CARES Act provided some needed funding, but much more is urgently needed.

    Despite the clear need, Congressional leadership just unveiled proposals for the next coronavirus response package that do not include any additional funding to address the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and low-income renters.

    Contact your representatives and senators TODAY to urge them to address the housing and health needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness who are at the greatest risk in the coronavirus pandemic. Because of your advocacy, Congress provided $12 billion for housing and homelessness in the last coronavirus package, but far more resources are needed. Act now!

    Now more than ever, housing is health care!

    Take Action

    Contact your senators and representatives today through NLIHC’s Legislative Action Center and demand robust resources to ensure the housing stability of people experiencing homelessness and low-income renters during and after this crisis.

    Background

    NLIHC and its Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition of more than 850 organizations are advocating for $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness; $100 billion for emergency rental assistance; and a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, among other priorities. For more information on what resources are needed, see these policy recommendations from NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition and our webpage with up-to-date information.

    Calls to Congress Still Needed: Urge Congress to Address Immediate Housing and Health Needs in Coronavirus Response!

    Congressional leaders are finalizing negotiations over legislation to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with the goal of wrapping up the bill over the coming hours and days.

    This is possibly our last opportunity to influence this bill and ensure desperately needed resources for people experiencing homelessness and America’s lowest-income renters.

    Please call your senators and representatives today to urge them to include housing and homelessness resources in the coronavirus response package.

    Background

    Members of Congress are listening to your continued calls for housing and homelessness resources in the coronavirus economic stimulus package. Thanks to the tireless work of advocates across the country, Congress is actively considering critical resources to keep low-income renters stably housed and to prevent an outbreak among people experiencing homelessness. But advocates must continue to call on Congress to ensure that our priorities stay in the bill and are funded at the highest levels possible.

    To address the urgent and dire needs of people experiencing homelessness and of low-income renters during the pandemic, Congress must include as part of any comprehensive legislation:

    • $15.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to prevent an outbreak among people experiencing homelessness and to practice social distancing in shelters. The Senate Republican bill provides $4 billion, while the House Democratic version authorizes the full $15.5 billion needed.
    • Tens of billions of dollars for emergency rental assistance to help keep low-income people stably housed and avoid evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness. The Senate bill does not include any funding for emergency rental assistance or eviction prevention tools; the House bill provides $100 billion to help keep people stably housed.
    • A national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for homeowners and renters. The Senate proposal does not include any moratoriums to prevent displacement, while the House bill includes a moratorium and other protections help ease the burdens facing low-income renters and homeowners; and
    • Support for HUD and USDA housing providers, including for public housing, to help keep residents safe and stably housed. Both bills provide resources to help housing providers address additional operating costs needed to keep residents safe, though the House bill provides more funding.

    See the full list of recommendations from NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition.

    For more information on the House and Senate proposals, see NLIHC’s comparison chart.

    Take Action

    Call your senators and representatives today to urge them to include resources in the coronavirus response package to help people experiencing homelessness and America’s lowest-income renters. Find your members of Congress here and call them today!

    Calls to Congress Still Needed: Urge Congress to Address Immediate Housing and Health Needs in Coronavirus Response

    Congressional leaders are beginning negotiations over legislation to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with the goal of wrapping up the bill over the coming days. Key members of Congress are responding to your advocacy, but more calls are needed as NLIHC continues to work with congressional leaders to ensure this relief package includes our recommendations to address the urgent and dire needs of people experiencing homelessness and of low-income renters during the pandemic.

    Congress is moving quickly, so call your members of Congress TODAY – or send them an email here – and urge them to include housing and homelessness resources in this COVID-19 spending package. Communities need funding now to help address the acute needs of people experiencing homelessness. As the economic impacts of the pandemic continue, millions of households will need emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention measures to help them keep roofs over their heads.

    Thank you for your continued advocacy on this critical issue.

    NLIHC also invites you to register to participate in our next national call on coronavirus, homelessness and housing on Monday, March 23 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET to learn more about the pandemic’s impacts in communities across the nation and how you can help advocate for needed resources.

    On Monday’s call we’ll hear from representatives from FEMA, HUD, FHFA and Capitol Hill on their planned responses to the urgent need to get and keep people stably housed during the pandemic. We’ll also hear from housing and homeless providers in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Texas, and learn about the unique and urgent needs of rural populations, tribal communities, youth experiencing homelessness, and people fleeing domestic violence.

    Register for the call here

    Background

    Homeless service providers need resources now to help prevent an outbreak among people experiencing homelessness, who are at high risk of infection and are unable to quarantine, isolate, and recover. Many shelters cannot access hand sanitizer, masks or bleach, and others have been forced to close because they cannot operate safely, or they have had declines in their staffing.

    We must also take every step to prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Most families living in poverty spend at least half of their incomes on housing, leaving virtually no margin for an unexpected expense. Temporary declines of income and unreimbursed medical bills can quickly send the lowest-income households down the spiral of housing instability, eviction, and even homelessness. 

    Congress must follow the lead of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters who have called for the inclusion of emergency rental and eviction prevention tools, as well as financial assistance directly to homelessness service providers, housing authorities, and housing-assistance providers. A national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is needed to keep low-income people stably housed during this crisis.

    For more information, see these coronavirus housing policy recommendations from NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition.

    Take Action
    1. Call or email your senators and representatives today to demand robust resources to help protect our homeless populations and allow low-income renters to continue to keep roofs over their heads during and after this crisis. Find your members of Congress here or email them here.
    2. Join a national call on coronavirus, homelessness, and housing on Monday, March 23 at 2:30–4:00 p.m. ET to learn more about how federal, state and local governments are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on people experiencing homelessness and low-income households. See the draft agenda at: https://bit.ly/2Qrahqc. Register for the national call at: https://bit.ly/2IUubp5

    Urgent Action Needed
    Call on Congress to Address Immediate Housing and Health Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness and Low-Income Renters in Coronavirus Response

    Congress is working quickly to provide critical resources to help households impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and any package must provide funding for the urgent and unique needs of people experiencing homelessness and extremely low-income renters.

    Extremely low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness are often seniors, people with disabilities and/or people with underlying health conditions, making them vulnerable to severe illness from the coronavirus. These same families and individuals are likely to live in close quarters with others, be unable to implement social distancing mechanisms, and have no ability to self-isolate should they be exposed to the virus. It is not only a moral imperative that Congress provide for their needs, but also an urgent public health necessity.

    Now more than ever, housing is health care.

    Call your representatives and senators TODAY and TOMORROW to urge them to address the housing and health needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness who are at the greatest risk in the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to all of you who responded to last week’s call to action. Your calls are working - we’re making real progress on Capitol Hill! Keep the calls coming!

    Background

    Congress is working quickly on several emergency relief packages that provide critical resources for households impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Any emergency measure must include resources to ensure housing stability for low-income individuals and people experiencing homelessness.

    Congress must follow the lead of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown who have called for the inclusion of emergency rental and eviction-prevention assistance, as well as financial assistance directly to homelessness service providers, housing authorities, and housing-assistance providers. Congress should also put into effect a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. For more information, see these coronavirus housing policy recommendations from NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition and our webpage with up-to-date information.

    Take Action

    Call your senators and representatives today and tomorrow to demand robust resources to help protect people experiencing homelessness and to allow low-income people to continue to keep roofs over their heads during and after this crisis.

    Urgent Action Needed:
    Call on Congress to Address Immediate Housing and Health Needs in Coronavirus Response

    The House is scheduled to vote today on an emergency measure to provide critical resources to help households impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The current draft has no funding to provide for the urgent and unique needs of people experiencing homelessness and extremely low-income renters.

    Congress must ensure that any emergency spending package includes resources to ensure housing stability for people with the greatest needs. Extremely low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness are often seniors, people with disabilities and/or people with underlying health conditions, making them vulnerable to severe illness from the coronavirus. It is not only a moral imperative that Congress provide for their needs, but also a public health imperative. These same families and individuals are likely to live in close-quarters with others, be unable to implement social distancing mechanisms, and have no ability to self-isolate should they be exposed to the virus.

    Now more than ever, housing is health care.

    Call your representatives and senators TODAY to urge them address the housing and health needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness who are at the greatest risk in the coronavirus pandemic.

    Background

    Policymakers are considering a legislative spending package aimed at addressing the impact of the coronavirus on public health and the economy. At this time, the bill does not include any resources to ensure housing stability for low-income individuals and people experiencing homelessness.

    Congress must follow the lead of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown and amend the bill to include emergency rental and eviction-prevention assistance, as well as financial assistance directly to homelessness service providers, housing authorities, and housing-assistance providers. Congress should also put into effect a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. At a minimum, the eviction moratorium should apply to federally subsidized housing, including public housing and HUD housing, during the crisis. For more information, see these coronavirus housing policy recommendations from NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition.

    Take Action

    1. Call your senators and representatives today to demand robust resources to help protect our homeless populations and allow low-income people to continue to keep roofs over their heads during and after this crisis.
    2.  
    3. Join a national call on the coronavirus and housing/homelessness on Monday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET to learn more about how federal, state, and local governments are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on people experiencing homelessness and low-income households. Register for the free call at: https://bit.ly/39GZAHD

    Join February 18 Webinar on President Trump’s FY21 Budget Request

    NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) invite you to join a webinar on Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET to learn about how the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request would harm low-income people and their communities and how advocates can help ensure robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs. 

    Register Today!

    The president’s FY21 budget request proposes to drastically cut housing benefits that help millions of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and other individuals afford their homes. If enacted, this budget would leave even more low-income people without affordable, accessible homes. For more details, see NLIHC’s analysis and budget chart.

    Webinar panelists will provide an overview of the budget proposal and share tips for effectively communicating with policymakers and the public about the need for increased federal investments in proven affordable housing and community development programs. 

    Speakers include: 
    • Sonya Acosta, NLIHC
    • Seth Embry, Public Housing Authorities Directors Association 
    • Leslie Strauss, Housing Assistance Council 
    • Moha Thakur, National Housing Trust 
    • Vicki Watson, National Community Development Association 

    Take Action to Oppose Deep Cuts to Affordable Housing

    President Trump’s and HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request – released yesterday – proposes to slash funding for HUD by an astounding $8.6 billion or 15% below 2020 enacted levels, not including those cuts offset by increased FHA receipts.

    NLIHC’s original analysis noted that the budget request proposed to cut funding for the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA or Housing Choice Vouchers) account by $5 billion (not including additional increases needed to cover inflation). While it is accurate that the TBRA line item was reduced by that amount, the budget request also proposed to create a separate Moving to Work (MTW) account with $5.2 billion in reallocated and reduced funding from public housing and tenant-based rental assistance, essentially block-granting reduced funding to MTW public housing agencies (PHAs). Taken together, these changes could mean up to 160,000 families losing housing assistance over time.

    For more details, see NLIHC’s updated analysis of the president’s budget request and our updated budget chart.

    Take action to support affordable housing funding!

    In response to these budget threats, NLIHC and other national leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) are urging advocates to take action to oppose the president’s budget. 

    Congress needs to hear from you about the importance of increased investments in affordable housing. Below are three ways to learn more and make your voice heard:

    1. Join a national webinar on February 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET, hosted by NLIHC and other members of CHCDF, to learn more about the president’s budget and the funding outlook for affordable housing and community development programs in FY21.
    2. Sign a national letter urging Congress to ensure transportation and housing programs receive the highest amount of funding possible for FY21. Because the FY21 letter is substantially similar to the funding letter sent last year, we are asking organizations already signed on to let us know if you would like to opt-out of the letter by emailing [email protected]. See if your organization signed onto last year’s letter here.
    3. Join advocates across the country in support of affordable homes by participating in the 4th annual Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, May 2–12. Week of Action events can range from rallies and film screenings to panel discussions, letter-writing campaigns, tours of housing developments, voter registration activities, and more. Start planning now to engage with your members of Congress during the Week of Action and unite with communities throughout the country in calling on Congress and 2020 presidential candidates for increased investments in affordable housing.
    Register for Webinar on the Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Fair Housing

    Join NLIHC and other members of the Fight For Housing Justice Campaign for a webinar on February 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT to learn more about the Trump administration’s latest attack on civil rights and fair housing. HUD’s latest rule would reverse efforts to undo historic and ongoing patterns of housing discrimination and segregation throughout the U.S. 

    Background

    The Trump proposal would gut the landmark 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule that provided guidance and tools to state and local governments and public housing agencies to help them better identify and address harmful patterns of segregation, discrimination, and disinvestment – patterns often created by government policy. The 2015 rule was developed over several years with input from a wide variety of stakeholders.

    NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project, and the National Fair Housing Alliance invite you to join us for a webinar to review the 2015 AFFH rule, understand the administration’s proposed rule, and learn how to take action.

    Speakers include:

    • Debby Goldberg, National Fair Housing Alliance
    • Renee Williams, National Housing Law Project
    • Sonya Acosta, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    Take Action

    Register for the webinar today and submit a comment before the March 16 deadline. 

    Visit www.FightForHousingJustice.org to submit a comment and find newsa social media toolkit, and other resources. We will continue to create useful materials to help you oppose this new rule throughout the comment period.

    Sign On: Urge Congress to Provide Robust Funding for Affordable Housing

    NLIHC and other national leaders in housing, homelessness, community development, and transportation are circulating a sign-on letter urging Congress to ensure transportation and housing programs receive the highest amount of funding possible for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

    We encourage all organizations to sign onto the letter at: https://sforce.co/2UaH1X4

    Background

    Congress and the president will soon begin the annual funding process for FY21. While the two-year bipartisan budget agreement signed last summer provided some relief from the low spending caps on defense and domestic programs, Congress will only have about $5 billion more in FY21 than this year for various national priorities, including affordable housing and community development programs. In order to cover rising costs, HUD’s budget will need a significant increase over FY20 levels to maintain assistance to the current number of households. 

    Take action to support affordable housing funding

    Congress needs to hear from you about the importance of increased funding for housing programs that help seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and others have an affordable, accessible place to call home.

    Last year, more than 3,500 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 sent a letter to Congress expressing their support for these programs. See last year’s letter here.

    NLIHC and national leaders in housing, homelessness, community development, and transportation groups are circulating a similar letter urging Congress to ensure transportation and housing programs receive the highest amount of funding possible for FY21.

    Please share this letter and encourage organizations in your network to sign on! 

    Fight for Housing Justice Campaign to Oppose Harmful Fair Housing Rule

    The Trump administration published on January 14 a proposed rule to reverse efforts to undo historic and ongoing patterns of housing discrimination and segregation throughout the U.S. This is the latest of this administration’s attacks on civil rights and affordable housing. 

    NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project, and other partners are leading the effort to oppose the proposed rule through the Fight For Housing Justice campaignWe urge all advocates to join us in submitting public comments opposing the rule before the March 16 deadline. 

    Background

    The Trump proposal would gut the landmark 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule that provided guidance and tools to state and local governments and public housing agencies to help them better identify and address harmful patterns of segregation, discrimination, and disinvestment – patterns often created by government policy. The 2015 rule was developed over several years, with significant input from a wide variety of stakeholders.

    The new “fair housing” rule absurdly ignores race, segregation and housing discrimination and incorrectly equates increased housing supply with fair housing choice. The proposal will not promote fair housing or affordable housing goals, and it attacks protections for tenants, workers, and the environment. HUD’s proposed rule lacks meaningful oversight and accountability and eliminates opportunities for public input on AFFH plans.

    Take Action

    Organizations and individuals should submit comments opposing the proposed rule by the March 16 deadline.

    Visit www.FightForHousingJustice.org to submit a comment and find newstalking pointssummaries and analysis, and other resources. We will continue to create useful materials to help you oppose this new rule throughout the comment period.

  • 2019

    2019 Calls to Action

    Take Action: Call Your Senators on Key Amendments to the FY20 Spending Bill!

    The Senate is now considering a four-bill spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2020 that includes funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD and USDA, as well as several key amendments. 

    TAKE ACTION

    The Senate will vote today on several amendments to the spending bill that directly impact affordable housing and community development. Please contact your senators today and ask them to support/oppose the following amendments: 

    • SUPPORT: Any amendment to increase investments in affordable housing for low-income households; 
    • Any amendment to prevent HUD from moving forward with its cruel proposal to force mixed-status immigrant families to separate or face evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness; 
    • Any amendment to prevent HUD from eliminating anti-discrimination protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter; 
    • An amendment offered by Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would allow owners of properties financed through USDA Section 514 and 515 loans to extend affordability provisions an additional 20 years;
    • An amendment offered by Senator Smith prioritizing maintenance of USDA rural housing properties through capital repairs, staffing provisions, and enforcement; and
    • An amendment offered by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) that would require carbon monoxide alarms in certain federally assisted housing;
    • OPPOSE: Any amendment to reduce funding for HUD programs.

    To contact your senator’s offices by phone, call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121

    Background

    The Senate spending bill provides modest funding increases for affordable housing programs, clearly rejecting President Trump’s call for deep cuts to and even the elimination of affordable housing investments. Overall, the bill provides HUD programs with more than $11.9 billion above the president’s FY20 request and $2.3 billion above FY19 enacted levels – an amount likely sufficient to renew all existing rental assistance contracts and to provide level funding or modest increases to most other programs. For more information, see NLIHC’s analysis of the Senate bill and updated budget chart.

    Congress already passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through November 21. Lawmakers will need to pass final spending bills, or extend the CR, to avoid a government shutdown. 

    Advocates should continue to urge Congress to fund affordable housing programs at the highest level possible in any final bill.

    Take Action: Urge Congress to Pass Disaster Reform Bill!

    The House of Representatives may vote as soon as next week on bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize HUD’s Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. The bill includes key reforms to the program recommended by the NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) of more than 850 organizations to help ensure that federal disaster recovery efforts reach all impacted households.

    Please call your representatives and urge them to vote in support of H.R. 3702, the “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act.”

    Background

    CDBG-DR provides states and communities with flexible, long-term recovery resources needed to rebuild affordable housing and infrastructure after a disaster. By formally authorizing the program, the bill would help ensure the recovery process is administered consistently and that dollars can flow more quickly to communities in need. In addition, the bill includes important measures to ensure scarce resources are targeted to families and communities with the greatest needs. The bill would require states to allocate resources equitably between housing and infrastructure priorities and among homeowners, renters, and people experiencing homelessness. By directing the HUD Office of Inspector General to oversee program outcomes, the bill would help ensure that CDBG-DR delivers on Congress’ intent to serve all eligible survivors. The bill would also make data available to the public about the impact of the disaster and how resources are spent, which would help promote transparency, allow effective public participation in the development of state recovery plans, and help state and local governments, philanthropic organizations, and researchers better identify critical gaps in services. 

    The bill, introduced by Representatives Al Green (D-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO), passed out of the House Financial Services Committee this summer with unanimous support.

    For more information, see NLIHC’s factsheet on the bill at: https://bit.ly/2XDJyfD

    Take Action

    Call your representatives this week and urge them to vote in favor of H.R. 3702, the “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act.”

    NLIHC urges advocates to send a comment letter opposing HUD’s proposed harmful changes to the 2013 Disparate Impact rule. 
    Comments are due Friday, October 18 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

    HUD proposes drastic changes to the existing rule that would make it virtually impossible for people in the Fair Housing Act’s “protected classes” to bring a charge of “disparate impact” against housing providers, governments, or large corporations. 

    Disparate impact allows people to show that a housing policy or program has a discriminatory impact on them because of their race, sex, national origin, disability, or other protected characteristic – even if the policy or program appears on its face to apply to everyone equally.

    HUD’s proposed rule would tip the scale in favor of housing providers, governments, and businesses that are accused of discrimination. It would shift all of the burden of proof to the victims of discrimination. 

    Please do your best to tailor your comment letter explaining how HUD’s proposed changes could affect your organization or the people you work with. HUD will ignore comments that too closely follow a template, so submissions should be as unique as possible. 

    Not sure how to submit a comment letter via regulations.gov? Here are step-by-step instructions: https://bit.ly/2lLGiNa

    NLIHC’s formal comment letter is at: https://bit.ly/2p8Fof5

    Want more background information?

    NLIHC has a summary of key features of the proposed rule. NLIHC also has a side-by-side comparison of a key section (§100.500) of the current rule and proposed changes to it.

    Read Point of View by NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel, “HUD’s Latest Attack on Fair Housing

    Read Diane’s op-ed from 2018, “The Trump Administration Continues to Undermine the Fair Housing Act

    More about disparate impact is on page 7-8 of NLIHC’s 2019 Advocates’ Guide.

    The Fight for Housing Justice campaign website is at: https://www.fightforhousingjustice.org

    The Defend Civil Rights campaign website is at: http://www.defendcivilrights.org

    Join Webinar TODAY on FY20 Funding Outlook for Affordable Housing and Community Development Programs 

    NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) invite you to join advocates from across the country for a webinar on the current status and outlook for funding for affordable housing and community development programs in fiscal year 2020 (FY20).

    Panelists will provide an overview of the House and the Senate proposals, discuss the current status and outlook for the appropriations process, and share tips for effectively communicating with policymakers and the public about the need for increased federal investments in proven affordable housing and community development programs.

    The webinar will be held TODAY September 26 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

    Speakers include:

    • Doug Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Moha Thakur, National Housing Trust
    • Linda Couch, LeadingAge
    • Seth Embry, Public Housing Authorities Directors Association
    • Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness
    • Sonya Acosta, National Low Income Housing Coalition

    Join a National Call-In Day on July 22 to Lift the Caps!

    NLIHC, the Coalition for Human Needs, and other national organizations are hosting a Call-In Day on Monday, 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%.

    Congress needs to hear from you! 

    Call 1-202-224-3121

    Background

    Congress and the White House have until October 1 to pass FY 2020 spending bills – including funding for affordable housing – or risk a government shutdown. Before the bills can be enacted, however, congressional leaders 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. 

    Congress has 26 legislative days before the October 1 deadline. Because Congress will soon adjourn for August recess, they must act quickly.

    Once an agreement is reached, the Senate will begin working on their 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.

    How You Can Participate

    Join housing advocates around the country by calling your senators and representatives on Monday, July 22 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 FY 2020.

    Sample Script:
    “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 1-202-224-3121

    Join Today’s National Tweetstorm to Keep Families Together 

    Thanks to your efforts, over 10,000 comments have been submitted in response to HUD's cruel proposal to evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families – including more than 55,000 children who are U.S. citizens or have legal status – from HUD-assisted housing.  

    To build on this success, NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project, and other leaders are calling for a national tweetstorm today, Monday, July 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET to encourage organizations and individuals to submit comments before tomorrow's (July 9) deadline. Be sure to include #KeepFamiliesTogether in your tweets.

    Comment Now!

    How You Can Participate!

    NLIHC and NHLP are leading the effort to oppose HUD’s harmful and cruel proposal and have developed resources to help you draft and submit comments, including a Myth vs. Fact factsheet, a Spanish language commenting portal and fact sheet, and state and demographic data. Comments are most useful when they contain original language.

    Check out our social media toolkit and other resources at: www.Keep-Families-Together.org

    Some suggested tweets are below:

    • A proposal to evict over 100,000 people during a housing crisis is unconscionable. Let @SecretaryCarson know that children belong with their families. Send comments by July 9 at www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether 
    • The HUD proposed rule to prohibit “mixed-status” families from living in federally subsidized housing is cruel. Tell @SecretaryCarson to #KeepFamilesTogether by submitting comments by July 9  www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • HUD does NOT fund undocumented immigrants living in subsidized housing! The new proposed rule would break up families & do little to shorten waitlists. #KeepFamiliesTogether Tell @SecretaryCarson NO to this cruel rule! #protectfamilies www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • @SecretaryCarson’s unconscionable proposal would evict over 100k people, incl. 55k deeply poor kids that are US citizens or legal residents, at the height of an #affordablehousing crisis. Let HUD know by July 9 that you oppose this rule www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • #FACTS: Undocumented immigrants do NOT receive housing subsidies–it’s not allowed in law. HUD’s rule isn’t for shortening housing waiting lists but for instilling fear in families. Tell @SecretaryCarson we will not stand for this! www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • Prohibiting “mixed-status” families from being able to live together is cruel & unnecessary. Tell @SecretaryCarson to #KeepFamiliesTogether by July 9 www.Keep-Families-Together.org #protectfamilies 
    • HUD’s “mixed-status” families rule places thousands, incl. 55,000 children that are US citizens or legal residents, at risk of homelessness. #KeepFamiliesTogether. Tell @SecretaryCarson you stand against splitting up/evicting families by July 9 www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • Hsg stability is crucial for getting families on a path to a better life. HUD’s proposed “mixed-status” rule threatens this path for some low-income immigrants. #KeepFamiliesTogether, support housing asst. for people w/ greatest needs www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • DUE JULY 9: Submit comments now & tell HUD to #KeepFamiliesTogether www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • The time is NOW to let HUD know that its proposed rule to force 25K “mixed-status” immigrant-families (incl. 55k children) to separate or face eviction is just cruel! Submit comments before the July 9 deadline #KeepFamiliesTogether www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • Speak the Truth, @SecretaryCarson! The “mixed-status” immigration rule is based on a lie! Let HUD know that we will not stand for the cruel proposal. Submit comments by July 9 at www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • Let’s be clear. Federal subsidies DO NOT support undocumented immigrants! Then why is @SecretaryCarson proposing such a cruel rule? Let HUD know that a proposal like this will not stand. Send comments by July 9 at www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether

    Comment Now!

    House Passes Robust Spending Package for Affordable Housing 

    The House approved by a vote of 227-194 on June 25 a five-bill FY20 spending package that includes robust funding for affordable housing and community development investments at HUD and USDA, as well as several positive amendments. This outcome is due in no small measure to your advocacy and to the leadership of strong congressional champions, including Transportation–HUD Appropriations Chair David Price (D-NC) and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). For more details, see NLIHC’s budget chart and analysis of the unamended bill.

    Before the spending bill can be enacted, Congress and the White House must reach a bipartisan agreement to lift the low spending caps on defense and domestic funding required by law under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Unless the caps are lifted, affordable housing programs may face devastating, across-the-board cuts of an estimated 10%. If an agreement is reached, additional housing funds may be possible. 

    Background

    The House spending package provides a robust increase in funding to housing programs that serve low-income people and communities. The bill provides sufficient funding to renew all existing Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance contracts and increases funding for the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities, Native American Housing Block Grants, Homeless Assistance Grants, and other critical programs. 

    Several amendments were approved that would provide additional funding for Section 202 ($1 million), tenant-based rental assistance ($2 million), the Manufactured Housing Program ($500,000), HUD-VASH ($2 million), the Indian Community Development Block Grant program ($5 million), the Family Self Sufficiency program ($5 million). The House approved two amendments to increased funding for Homeless Assistance Grants: an additional $5 million to better serve youth experiencing homelessness and another $1 million for a study on transitional housing grants.

    Other amendments were approved that would provide funding to study alternative methods for calculating Fair Market Rents in markets with rapidly rising rents and for HUD’s inspector general to investigate the administration’s ongoing 16-month delay in releasing Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery mitigation dollars.

    Legislative provisions aimed at halting several harmful proposals from the Trump administration remain in the bill, despite attempts to remove the provisions through the amendment process. If enacted, the House bill would prevent HUD from implementing a cruel proposal to evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families from HUD-assisted homes – including 55,000 children who are U.S. residents or have legal status. The bill also prevents HUD from amending the Equal Access rule to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people experiencing homelessness equal access to services – a move that would put lives at risk.

    Join NLIHC, NHLP, and Representative Sylvia Garcia Tomorrow for Webinar for the Day of Action to Keep Families Together! 

    Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) will join advocates across the nation for a Keep Families Together Day of Action virtual kick-off webinar at 2:00 p.m. ET TOMORROW, June 26. NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), and others are calling for this day of action to oppose HUD’s cruel proposal to evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families – including 55,000 children who are U.S. citizens or have legal status.

    Individuals and organizations are also invited to host comment parties to voice their opposition to HUD’s proposal by the July 9 deadline. Advocates have already submitted more than 7,700 comments, and we need your help to generate even more!

    Register for the Webinar Now!

    Virtual Kick-Off Webinar

    The virtual kick-off webinar with Representative Sylvia Garcia will share information you need to know to oppose this rule, spread the word, and make a difference. 

    Speakers include:

    • Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)
    • Noëlle Porter, National Housing Law Project
    • Emily Warren, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
    • Diane Yentel, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    • Sonya Acosta, National Low Income Housing Coalition

    Despite claims from HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the Trump administration, current law, regulation, and practice already ensures that ineligible immigrants do not receive housing assistance. By HUD’s own admission, its “mixed-status” immigrant proposal would provide no benefit to families on housing waiting lists and could lead to the eviction of 55,000 American children and their families.

    How You Can Take Action!

    Register for the webinar today and host a comment party using our Comment Party Planning Toolkit.

    Other materials – including a new Myth vs. Fact factsheet, a Spanish language commenting portal and fact sheet, a social media toolkit, and more – are available at our campaign website – www.Keep-Families-Together.org.

    Register for the Webinar Now!

    Join NLIHC, NHLP, and Representative Sylvia Garcia for June 26 Day of Action to Keep Families Together

    Join advocates from across the nation for a Day of Action to Keep Families Together on June 26 to oppose HUD’s cruel proposal to force 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families – including 55,000 children who are U.S. citizens or have legal status – to separate or face eviction.

    Individuals and organizations are invited to host comment parties on June 26 to voice their opposition to HUD’s proposal by the July 9 deadline. Advocates have already submitted more than 5,000 comments, and we need your help to generate even more!

    As part of the Day of Action, Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) will join us for a webinar at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 26! Representative Garcia has helped lead the fight against the proposed rule in Congress, introducing the “Keeping Families Together Act of 2019.” Her bill to block HUD from implementing the rule recently passed out of the House Financial Services Committee.

    Register for the Webinar Now!

    Day of Action to Keep Families Together

    Despite claims from HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the Trump administration, current law, regulation, and practice already ensures that ineligible immigrants do not receive housing assistance. By HUD’s own admission, its “mixed-status” immigrant proposal would provide no benefit to families on housing waiting lists and could lead to the eviction of 55,000 American children and their families.

    NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), and other national leaders urge you and those in your network to join us in opposition to this cruel proposal. Host a comment party on the June 26 Day of Action to Keep Families Together to engage your network and allow people with limited access to the internet an opportunity to make their voices heard!

    Get Started Today!

    To help you get started, NLIHC and NHLP created a Comment Party Planning Toolkit with tips and resources to plan a successful comment party. 

    Other materials – including a new Myth vs. Fact factsheet, a Spanish language commenting portal and fact sheet, a social media toolkit, and more – are available at our campaign website – www.Keep-Families-Together.org.

    Take Action: Call your Representative on Key Amendments to House Spending Bill

    The House will begin debate as soon as today on a five-bill spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2020 that includes funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD and USDA, as well as several key amendments.

    TAKE ACTION

    The House will vote on several amendments to the spending bill that directly impact affordable housing and community development. Please contact your representative today and ask him/her to support/oppose the following amendments: 

    SUPPORT:
    • Any amendment to increase investments in affordable housing for low-income households;
    • Any amendment to maintain language in the spending bill that prevents HUD from moving forward with its cruel proposal to force mixed-status immigrant families to separate or face evictions and possible homelessness;
    • Any amendment to maintain language in the spending bill that prevents HUD from eliminating protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter;
    • An amendment offered by Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to provide $2 million for the HUD Office of Inspector General to investigate the department’s delay in releasing Community Development Block Grants–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for mitigation purposes following the 2017 disasters.
    OPPOSE:
    • Any amendment to reduce funding for HUD programs;
    • Amendments allowing HUD’s proposal to force mixed-status immigrant families to separate or face eviction, including:
      • An amendment offered by Representatives Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Kevin Hern (R-OK);
      • An amendment offered by Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI; and
      • An amendment offered by Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA). 
    • Amendments allowing HUD to weaken the Equal Access rule and allow federally funded shelter providers to attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness and seeking emergency shelter, including: 
      • Two amendments offered by Representatives Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Tim Meadows (R-NC), Brian Babin (R-TX), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and William Timmons (R-SC); 
      • An amendment offered by Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ); and
      • An amendment offered by Steve King (R-IA).

    To contact your representative’s offices by phone, call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    Background

    The House spending package provides a robust increase in funding to housing programs that serve low-income people and communities. The bill provides sufficient funding to renew all existing contracts provided through Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance and increases funding for the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities, Native American Housing Block Grants, Homeless Assistance Grants, and other critical programs. 

    The House bill also includes a number of provisions aimed at halting harmful proposals from the Trump administration. The bill would prevent HUD’s cruel proposal to force 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families – including 55,000 children who are U.S. citizens or have legal status – to either separate or face eviction and possible homelessness. The bill also includes language to prevent HUD from amending the Equal Access rule to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people experiencing homelessness equal access to services – a move that would put lives at risk. For more details, see NLIHC’s updated budget chart and analysis of the bill.

    Passage of the House spending bill is the first step in reaching a bipartisan agreement to lift the low spending caps on defense and domestic funding required by law under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Congress will need to reach a budget agreement to prevent devastating, across-the-board cuts of more than 9%. If an agreement is reached, additional housing funds may be possible. 

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    Stop HUD’s Cruel Proposal to Break Up and Evict Immigrant Families

    Thanks to your advocacy, the House Financial Services Committee just approved the “Keeping Families Together Act” (H.R. 2763) to block HUD’s cruel proposal to force mixed-status immigrant families to separate or face eviction. To build on this success, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), and other leaders are calling for a Day of Action to Keep Families Together on June 26.

    More than 25,000 families, including more than 55,000 children who are U.S. citizens or have legal status, are at risk of being made homeless by HUD’s proposal. Join advocates across the nation by hosting comment parties to weigh in with your opposition or submit a comment nowComments are due by July 9!

    Comment now!

    Background

    NLIHC and NHLP are leading the effort to oppose HUD’s harmful and cruel proposal, which would evict mixed-status immigrant families from federally assisted housing. Current law, regulation and practice already ensures that ineligible immigrants do not receive housing assistance, and by HUD’s own admission this proposal would provide no benefit to families on housing waiting lists. If the HUD proposal moves forward, more than 25,000 families – including 55,000 children eligible for housing assistance – will be forced to make the impossible decision of either losing their homes or separating. 

    We need your help to stop this harmful proposal from taking effect. NLIHC and NHLP are calling for a Day of Action to Keep Families Together on June 26 to increase the number of public comments in opposition to HUD’s proposal to evict mixed-status immigrant families. Advocacy tools – including more details on the Day of Action – are available at: www.Keep-Families-Together.org

    How You Can Participate

    Organizations and individuals can submit public comments in opposition to the proposed rule by the July 9 deadline. Increase the number of comments and weigh in with your opposition by participating in the Day of Action to Keep Families Together on June 26.

    Comments should be personalized and unique. You can find a comment template and other resourcesread the latest news, and submit your original comments directly to HUD at: www.Keep-Families-Together.org

    Take Action to #KeepFamliesTogether! 

    The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” immigrant families from living in public and other subsidized housing. The rule would result in family separations and evictions for certain immigrant families, putting tens of thousands of people and children at increased risk of homelessness. Learn more here. The public now has 60 days to comment on the rule. 

    NLIHC and the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) are leading the effort to oppose this harmful and cruel proposal and have developed advocacy tools for you to use to join us in opposition. Together, NLIHC and NHLP launched a new website, www.Keep-Families-Together.org, where you can find fact sheets and other resources (including talking points and social media images), read the latest news, and submit your own comments directly to HUD. We will continue to update this website throughout the comment period. 

    NLIHC and NHLP will also be hosting a Twitterstorm on 

    May 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET

    Use #KeepFamiliesTogether in your tweets. Sample tweets are below; images can be found at www.Keep-Families-Together.org

    • Speak the Truth, @SecretaryCarson! The “mixed-status” immigration rule is based on a lie! Let HUD know that we will not stand for the cruel proposal. Submit comments now www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • Let’s be clear. Federal subsidies DO NOT support undocumented immigrants! Then why is @SecretaryCarson proposing such a cruel rule? Let HUD know that a proposal like this will not stand. Send comments today www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • A proposal to evict over 100,000 people during a housing crisis is unconscionable. Let @SecretaryCarson know that children belong with their families. Send comments today www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • The HUD proposed rule to prohibit families of “mixed-status” from living in federally subsidized housing is cruel. Tell @SecretaryCarson to #KeepFamilesTogether & retract this rule #protectfamilies www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • HUD does NOT fund undocumented immigrants living in subsidized housing! The new proposed rule would break up families & do little to shorten waitlists. #KeepFamiliesTogether Tell @SecretaryCarson NO to this cruel rule! #protectfamilies www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • @SecretaryCarson’s unconscionable proposal would evict over 100k people, incl. 55k deeply poor kids that are US citizens or legal residents, at the height of an #affordablehousing crisis. Let HUD know today that you oppose this rule www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • #FACTS: Undocumented immigrants do NOT receive housing subsidies–it’s not allowed in law. HUD’s rule isn’t for shortening housing waiting lists but for instilling fear in families. Tell @SecretaryCarson we will not stand for this! www.Keep-Families-Together.org #KeepFamiliesTogether
    • Prohibiting “mixed-status” families from being able to live together is cruel & unnecessary. Tell @SecretaryCarson to #KeepFamiliesTogether www.Keep-Families-Together.org #protectfamilies
    • HUD’s “mixed-status” families rule places thousands, incl. 55,000 children that are US citizens or legal residents, at risk of homelessness. #KeepFamiliesTogether. Tell @SecretaryCarson you stand against splitting up/evicting families www.Keep-Families-Together.org
    • Hsg stability is crucial for getting families on a path to a better life. HUD’s proposed “mixed-status” rule threatens this path for some low-income immigrants. #KeepFamiliesTogether, support housing asst. for people w/ greatest needs www.Keep-Families-Together.org

    DEADLINE FRIDAY, MARCH 1! Urge Congress to Lift Spending Caps and Fund Affordable Housing and Transportation Programs at the Highest Levels Possible

    Groups concerned about transportation, housing, community development, and homelessness are working together to circulate a letter urging Congress to lift the austere Budget Control Act federal spending caps and to ensure affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for FY20.

    Because the letter is substantially similar to the previous letter advocates sent to Congress urging lawmakers to lift the spending caps in April 2017, we are asking organizations to let us know if you would like to opt-out of the letter by emailing [email protected]. You can see if your organization signed the previous letter here

    If your organization has not signed on before, you can do so here. National, state, and local organizations, as well as officials in municipal, tribal, and state governments, may sign on.

    The deadline to sign on or opt out is FRIDAY, March 1.

    Click Here to Sign The Letter

    BACKGROUND

    When the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law, it created 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 for defense and nondefense programs. But the low spending caps return in 2019 for the FY20 budget. If they are not lifted, the caps could lead to devastating cuts to key affordable housing, homelessness, community development, 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 help families improve their lives. 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 our nation’s low-income people and families.

    Federal funding 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 low-income seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, parents with children, and others 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 the spending caps and to ensure affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for FY20.

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

    The deadline to sign on or opt out of the letter is March 1.
    Questions/Comments? Please email [email protected] with any questions.

    Thank you for your support!

    Click Here to Sign The Letter Today!

    Join Today’s 3 p.m. ET Tweetstorm Urging Congress to #FullyFundHousing Programs

    Please join NLIHC and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding for a tweetstorm today, February 13, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET to urge Congress to avoid another government shutdown and fully fund affordable housing and community development programs. Use #FullyFundHousing in your tweets and tag your member of Congress.

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    President Trump announced on January 25 an agreement to temporarily reopen the federal government for three weeks — ending our nation’s longest shutdown in history — giving legislators time to negotiate a larger spending deal and border security. The short-term funding bill expires on February 15. If Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal by then, the government will again shut down, further harming low-income renters and undermining the short-term operations and long-term viability of our nation’s affordable housing and community development programs.

    By participating in today’s tweetstorm, you can urge Congress to ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive robust federal funding in full-year spending bills for HUD and USDA.

    Sample tweets and images can be found at: https://bit.ly/2TDixTj (.zip)

    Click Here to Download Sample Tweets and Images

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    Take Action: Housing Trust Fund At Risk!

    Critical funding for the national Housing Trust Fund may be at risk!

    Last week, the Trump administration signaled that funding for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) could be suspended, undermining our nation’s ability to address homelessness and housing poverty.

    NLIHC encourages all advocates to contact your senators and representative and sign a letter to Congress telling them to protect and expand the Housing Trust Fund, the first new federal housing resource in a generation exclusively targeted to address the underlying cause of the affordable housing crisis: the severe shortage of affordable rental homes available to people with the lowest incomes.

    Contact Your Elected Officials Today!

    Background

    Under the Obama administration, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt took important steps to ensure funding for the national Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund. One month after Director Watt’s term ended in January, FHFA Acting Director Joseph Otting — appointed by President Trump — stated that FHFA “is reviewing its options,” related to contributions to the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund. President Trump’s nominee for FHFA director, Mark Calabria, goes before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday for a confirmation hearing.

    If FHFA suspends funding for the Housing Trust Fund, the long-term viability of the program would be put at risk, making it harder for the lowest income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, people experiencing homelessness and other individuals to have affordable homes.

    In 2016, the FHFA allocated the first $174 million in Housing Trust Fund dollars to states. NLIHC’s September 2018 interim report summarizes key features of the 1,500 rental homes being created by 42 states with their inaugural Housing Trust Fund dollars. (The remaining seven states and the District of Columbia are now sharing their information with NLIHC, which we will present as an updated supplement to the interim report at NLIHC’s 2019 Housing Policy Forum.)

    Take Action

    It is critical that advocates urge their members of Congress to protect and expand the Housing Trust Fund. You can help!

    1. Call your senators and representative and tell them to protect current funding for the Housing Trust Fund.
    2.  
    3. Join nearly 2,000 organizations and local government officials by signing onto a national letter urging Congress to protect and expand the Housing Trust Fund. Organizations and local governments can sign onto the letter here.

    Contact Your Elected Officials Today!

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    Concrete Steps Congress Can Take To Solve America’s Housing Crisis

    The National Low Income Housing Coalition released today Opportunities to End Homelessness and Housing Poverty in the 116th Congressa memo to incoming senators and representatives on concrete steps they can take to help address one of the most critical issues facing extremely low income families today: the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable housing.

    NLIHC encourages advocates from across the nation to share the memo with their senators and representatives.

    Click Here to Download a copy

    Background

    Expanding affordable housing solutions for America’s poorest families should be a top priority for Congress. In the 2018 election, affordable housing was squarely on the agenda in many states and districts. Newly-elected representatives ran and won on platforms with bold housing solutions — from expanding housing vouchers and increasing funding for the national Housing Trust Fund to new measures to address homelessness. These leaders now join other bipartisan congressional champions of expanding affordable housing investments

    NLIHC’s memo provides senators and representatives with specific recommendations on legislative opportunities — whether through an infrastructure spending package, the appropriations process, housing finance reform, or other initiatives — to make the critical investments in the affordable housing our nation needs to help the economy, our communities, children and families thrive.

    Take Action

    Advocates and organizations can use NLIHC’s Opportunities to End Homelessness and Housing Poverty in the 116th Congress to help educate members of Congress about proven and new solutions to America’s growing rental housing crisis.

    We encourage advocates to share the memo with their senators and representatives and with other key stakeholders.

    Click Here to Download a copy

    Congress and White House Reach Agreement to Reopen Federal Government for Three Weeks. Sign Letter Demanding Full-Year Spending Bills that Fund Affordable Housing.

    President Trump announced on January 25 an agreement to temporarily reopen the federal government for three weeks — ending our nation’s longest shutdown in history — to give legislators time to negotiate a larger spending deal and border security. The bipartisan deal has already been approved by the Senate and could pass the House as soon as today before it heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

    When the government reopens, HUD will have three weeks to start renewing rental assistance contracts, ensure homeless service providers receive delayed funding grants, and fund both public housing operations and Housing Choice Vouchers. USDA will be able to renew rental assistance and approve loans.

    Three weeks will not be enough time, however, for HUD and USDA to address the backlog of work that has piled up during the shutdown. Congress must pass full-year spending bills that provide robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs.

    In response to President Trump’s announcement, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel issued a statement:

    “The shutdown was a disgrace, causing stress and hardship for our country’s lowest-income and most vulnerable people. Over time, we will learn the extent of the longer-term damage done to the programs that serve them and to what extent the damage can be remedied. With a short-term agreement to reopen the government, millions of low-income renters and housing providers can now breathe a sigh of relief.

    “But governing in 3-week increments is unacceptable…Congress and the Administration must immediately work together to enact the full-year spending bills that already have strong bipartisan support. Only with full-year spending bills will low-income renters have the security they deserve and will the programs that serve them have the assurance of the long-term funding they need to properly function.”

    NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding are circulating a national letter calling on Congress and the Trump Administration to pass full-year spending bills that ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive robust funding. Organizations and local government officials are encouraged to sign on.

    Sign onto the letter demanding that Congress and President Trump pass full-year spending bills for affordable housing and community development programs.

    Click Here to Sign the Letter

    Sign onto National Letter Demanding Congress and the White House Reopen the Government and Fund Affordable Housing Programs

    NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding are circulating a national letter calling on Congress and the Trump Administration to end the government shutdown — the longest ever — and ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive robust funding.

    Sign onto the letter demanding that Congress and President Trump immediately reopen the government. Organizations and local government officials are encouraged to sign on.

    Click Here to Sign the Letter

    Low-income people served by affordable housing programs are already being negatively impacted by the shutdown. People from across the country have shared their stories of being threatened with increased rents or evictions, and other individuals have found that landlords will not rent to voucher holders out of concern that HUD will not pay them what is needed to cover their costs.

    The longer the shutdown continues, the greater its harm will be, and the lowest-income people — seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children — will suffer the most.

    Read NLIHC’s latest update on the shutdown and "Point of View" from NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel. You can also see an interactive map and a state-by-state breakdown of how the shutdown is impacting some HUD-assisted housing.

    Click Here to Sign the Letter

    Call Congress to Support Dear Colleague Letter, and Join Today’s National Call on Shutdown’s Impacts on Affordable Housing and Community Development

    The partial government shutdown, now the longest ever, continues with no end in sight. Low-income people served by affordable housing programs are already being negatively impacted. The longer the shutdown continues, the greater its harm will be, and the lowest-income people – seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children – will suffer the most.

    Take Action Now!

    Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX) have circulated a dear colleague letter that they plan to send to President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson regarding the current government shutdown’s severe consequences on affordable housing. 

    Click Here to Read the Letter

    Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to sign onto the letter as soon as possible. The deadline to sign on is noon today!

    To sign on, Senate offices should contact Jared Roscoe ([email protected]) and House offices should contact Zahraa Saheb ([email protected]).

    Read NLIHC’s latest update on the shutdown here. You can also see an interactive map and a state-by-state breakdown of how the shutdown is impacting some HUD-assisted housing.

    Learn more about the shutdown’s impacts on affordable housing and community development programs during a national call today, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

    Click Here to Register for the National Call

    NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding will provide updates on the latest information and guidance on how advocates can engage lawmakers to help end the shutdown.

    Elayne Weiss, NLIHC senior policy analyst, will moderate the call.

    Speakers include:

    • Doug Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Ellen Lurie Hoffman, National Housing Trust
    • Linda Couch, LeadingAge
    • Tess Hembree, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
    • Emily Warren, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
    • Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness
    • David Lipsetz Housing Assistance Council
    • Joey Lindstrom, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    • Sonya Acosta, National Low Income Housing Coalition

    Register Today for the National Call

    Join Jan. 15 National Call to Learn About the Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Affordable Housing and Community Development Programs

    The partial government shutdown, now three weeks long, continues with no end in sight. Low-income people served by affordable housing programs are already being negatively impacted. The longer the shutdown continues, the greater its harm will be, and the lowest-income people – seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children – will suffer the most.

    Learn more about the shutdown’s impacts on affordable housing and community development programs during a national call on Tuesday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET. 

    Click Here to Register

    NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding will provide updates on the latest information and guidance on how advocates can engage lawmakers to help end the shutdown.

    Read NLIHC’s latest update on the shutdown here. You can also see an interactive map and a state-by-state breakdown of how the shutdown is impacting some HUD-assisted housing.

    Elayne Weiss, NLIHC senior policy analyst, will moderate the event.

    Speakers include:
    • Doug Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Ellen Lurie Hoffman, National Housing Trust
    • Linda Couch, LeadingAge
    • Tess Hembree, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
    • Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness
    • David Lipsetz Housing Assistance Council
    • Joey Lindstrom, National Low Income Housing Coalition

    Register Today!