Urgent Action Needed TODAY on Appropriations Bills
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has released urgent calls to action, and the Network asks our members to act TODAY.
Urge members of the full House Committee on Appropriations to oppose the FY15 spending bill that was passed by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee on May 7. The bill drastically underfunds many housing programs. For instance, the bill reduces HOME funding by 30% from 2014. The House Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to mark up the THUD bill on Wednesday, May 21, at 10am. Please contact your Representative now!
TAKE ACTION TODAY:
1. Find out if your Representative sits on the House Committee on Appropriations.
2. Contact your Representative by calling the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351 or entering your zip code here to send an e-mail. When calling, make sure to ask for the staff person who works on housing issues.
RURAL HOUSING APPROPRIATIONS
Urge members of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to oppose provisions that would establish minimum rents for residents of Rural Development Section 521 housing, and urge members to adequately fund all rural housing programs. The House subcommittee mark-up is scheduled tomorrow at 10am. The Senate subcommittee mark-up is scheduled tomorrow at 3pm.
The current USDA budget proposal includes the creation of a new minimum rent of $50 for all residents of Rural Development Section 521 housing. This minimum standard would only impact the 42,000 residents whose incomes are $2,000 per year and below. It is a fee placed on people who are least able to pay, and it puts thousands of low income rural renters at increased risk of homelessness.
TAKE ACTION TODAY:
2. Contact your Senators and Representative by calling the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351, or entering your zip code here to send an e-mail. When calling, make sure to ask for the staff person who works on housing issues.