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Action Alert: Call Representatives Wed April 26 to save HUD housing programs
by Posted by Lynda Carson
Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017 9:59 PM
CarsonWatch and the National Low-Income Housing Coalition is joining hands with their national partners and allies for National Call-In Day tomorrow to save HUD's subsidized housing programs! (LC)
From Carson Watch:

ACTION ALERT: Tell your Representative to Fund Housing for All

http://carsonwatch.org/2017/04/25/action-alert-tell-representative-fund-housing/

2017-04-25 Carson Watch

CarsonWatch is joining hands with our national partners and allies for National Call-In Day tomorrow – Wednesday, April 26th – to let Congress know that we support increased funding to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Congress has until the end of this week to finalize spending for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) in order to avoid a government shutdown, which would disproportionately harm low-income communities and low-income communities of color, in particular. In fact, the uncertainty around this year and next year’s budget has already led to housing agencies closing waiting lists for high-demand vouchers. To learn more about the impact of some of the proposed cuts for next year, click here. To ensure that funding for important housing and related initiatives remains a priority during the week of debate, we are asking you all to call your legislators tomorrow.

Call Your Representative:

CarsonWatch is asking you to call your representative tomorrow and tell them to pass final full spending bills for FY17 and protect affordable housing investments. Tell your Representative that families and vulnerable populations who rely on affordable housing programs should not be held hostage by a political debate around misguided funding priorities such as a border wall or other draconian immigration enforcement measures.

Sample Script for National Call-In Day:

“Please work with your colleagues to pass a final spending bill for FY17 that protects affordable housing investments at HUD and USDA. These resources keep roofs over the heads of low income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people. Affordable housing is a smart investment, leading to better health and education outcomes and boosting economic mobility and local economies. Our communities are stronger because of HUD and USDA investments. Please do not put these resources at risk by failing to pass full-year spending bills by the April 28 deadline.”


To Contact Your Members of Congress: 

Call the congressional switchboard toll free at 202-224-3121 or visit the House of Representatives website and enter your zip code in the box provided.

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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From the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

http://nlihc.org/article/participate-april-26-national-call-day-urging-congress-pass-fy17-spending-bills-and-protect

Participate in April 26 National Call-In Day Urging Congress to Pass FY17 Spending Bills and Protect Affordable Housing!

Join NLIHC and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) for a national call-in day on April 26 to tell your members of Congress to pass final full spending bills for FY17 and protect affordable housing investments. Share any impacts you have on how the current budget uncertainty has hurt your community.

Lawmakers must pass spending bills by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. Failure to pass full spending bills puts vital investments in affordable housing and community development at risk.

Sample Script:

Please work with your colleagues to pass a final spending bill for FY17 that protects affordable housing investments at HUD and USDA. These resources keep roofs over the heads of low income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people. Affordable housing is a smart investment, leading to better health and education outcomes and boosting economic mobility and local economies. Our communities are stronger because of HUD and USDA investments. Please do not put these resources at risk by failing to pass full-year spending bills by the April 28 deadline.

To Contact your Members of Congress:

1. Call the congressional switchboard toll free at 202-224-3121, or

2. Visit NLIHC's website and enter your zip code in the Contact Congress box on the right.

http://cqrcengage.com/nlihc/lookup?0

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HUD is facing a disastrous $6.2 billion in cuts or more:

Ben Carson needs to oppose the proposed $6.2 billion budget cut to HUD

By Lynda Carson -- Monday April 24, 2017

Click below for full story…

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/24/18798738.php

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