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Tenant activist condemns President Trump for threatening to shut down federal government
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Tuesday Dec 11th, 2018 2:41 PM
Photo of tenant activist Lynda Carson condemning President Donald Trump on December 8, 2018, for threatening to shut down the federal government. The symbolism of condemning President Trump in front of the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) at 1540 Webster Street downtown Oakland, is justified because a government shut down would threaten tens of thousands of renters in Oakland being assisted by the OHA including veterans, the elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and low-income families in public housing, the Section 8 voucher program, and additional affordable housing programs. PHOTO by Sean Henry.
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Tenant activist condemns President Trump for threatening to shut down federal government

By Lynda Carson - December 11, 2018

Oakland - Recently President Donald Trump has repeatedly been threatening to shut down the federal government if he cannot get his way with Congress. Earlier today in a White House meeting President Trump threatened to shut down the federal government again if he does not get funding for his racist wall along the border with Mexico. Repeatedly, Trump has claimed that Mexico would pay for the wall, which is just another stupid lie coming out of the mouth from the orange haired fat man.

President Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government on or around December 21, 2018, right before Christmas, which would make Trump “the Grinch who stole Christmas” from millions across the country in our nation's housing programs including veterans, the elderly, disabled, the chronically ill, and low-income families in public housing, the Section 8 voucher program, and additional affordable housing programs.

If Trump shut down the federal government, that would stop the funding needed to keep the public housing, Section 8 voucher program, and additional affordable housing programs in operation. Millions of people would be threatened with homelessness and may end up in tent cities in Oakland, and across the nation if the funding to the nation’s subsidized housing programs are threatened by Trump’s unreasonable threats to shut down the federal government.


Local Housing Programs Threatened By Federal Government Shutdown


Publicly assisted rental units in Oakland operated by nonprofit housing developers would be negatively affected and threatened if Trump has his way with a federal government shutdown this Christmas, threatening thousands with homelessness and eviction.

Others threatened with homeless and eviction if government shutdown occurs.

As of today, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD’s records), Oakland has 13,586 units in its Section 8 inventory, and 2,122 units in its low rent inventory.

San Francisco has 13,062 units in its Section 8 inventory, and 2,483 units in its low rent inventory. South San Francisco has 80 units in its low rent inventory.

Berkeley has 1,995 units in its Section 8 inventory.

Richmond has 2,004 units in its Section 8 inventory, and 559 units in its low rent inventory.

Alameda has 1,895 units in its Section 8 inventory.

Alameda County has 6,566 units in its Section 8 inventory.

Contra Costa County has 6,956 units in its Section 8 inventory, and 1,137 units in its low rent inventory.

And Marin Housing has 2,200 units in its Section 8 inventory, and 496 units in its low rent inventory.


According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition on December 10, 2018:


“Congress averted a government shutdown by passing a two-week stopgap funding measure on December 7. The House and Senate both passed the measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), by a unanimous vote. The CR will keep the government funded until December 21. Congress has failed to enact several federal spending bills for FY19, including those that fund affordable housing and community development programs. The main issue preventing lawmakers from reaching a year-long spending deal is President Donald Trump’s insistence that any agreement includes $5 billion for a southern border wall, which Democrats strongly oppose.

Lawmakers have floated the idea of a year-long CR through September 30, 2019 instead of passing the remaining full-year spending bills that have largely been negotiated and agreed to. A CR carries forward funding levels from the previous year.

A year-long CR would cause thousands of families to lose access to stable housing. For FY19, HUD needs approximately $1.3 billion and USDA needs at least $10 million more than FY18 funding to maintain current program levels and renew existing housing assistance contracts. A year-long CR at FY18 levels would result in deep cuts to critical housing programs that could cause thousands of families and children to lose access to stable housing, putting them at increased risk of homelessness.

A year-long CR would also put other vital investments in affordable housing at risk. Both the House and Senate proposed bills for HUD that would increase resources to help provide affordable, stable, and accessible housing for more seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and people experiencing homelessness.”

Call your lawmakers to urge them to enact clean, full-year FY19 spending bills for HUD and USDA.

Find your elected officials at: https://bit.ly/2rr1AkV

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com


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