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Call to Action: Take Action on FY07 HUD Appropriations

by Marta Russell Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2006 at 9:49 PM

Call tghe DC offices of your Representative and Senators this week and ask to speak to the staff person in each who deals with housing issues. 1-877-322-5742





> Whom to call: Your Representative and Senators




> When to call: Monday, March 13, 2006




> The number to call: 877-322-5742 (note new number)




> The message: Provide full funding for

> housing in the FY07 appropriations. Reject the President’s proposed

> HUD cuts.




> It’s that time of year again, when Congress begins to plan program

> funding levels for Fiscal Year 2007. Last month, the President

> released his proposed FY07 budget to Congress. His funding proposal

> is not good news for people who need affordable housing: The

> President requested .6 billion for HUD, 1.8% below the current-

> year funding level. This includes a 10% cut to the public housing

> capital fund, a 20% cut to the CDBG program, a 26% cut to the

> Section 202 housing for the elderly program, and a 50% cut to the

> Section 811 housing for people with disabilities program.



> Now, using the President’s request as a starting point, the House

> and Senate must each approve their own HUD funding levels, and then

> reach agreement on them. The House Appropriations Subcommittee

> that deals with housing will hold a hearing on the HUD budget on

> Tuesday, March 14, which makes this week a great time to make your

> first calls on FY07 appropriations to your Congressional delegation.



> Call the DC offices of your Representative and Senators this week,

> and ask to speak to the staff person in each who deals with housing

> issues.




> The Message:


> I know the House and Senate have begun the process of determining

> appropriations for the 2007 fiscal year. There is a great need for

> housing that people with low incomes can afford, especially in the

> wake of last year’s hurricanes. (Describe briefly the need for

> housing in your community.) Please reject the President’s request

> to cut overall HUD funding by nearly 2%. It is crucial that we not

> cut programs that invest in our communities and help our most

> vulnerable citizens. We are calling for full funding for all

> housing programs that benefit low income people, as well as funding

> for 100,000 additional housing vouchers.



> Specifically, for each of the following programs, we ask that Congress:


> (While all of the following programs are crucial, you may not have

> enough time on the phone to go through each program. You may want

> to pick one or two programs to talk about, and send the rest of

> these talking points to your Congressional delegation in a letter.)


> Tenant Based Rental Assistance / Vouchers


> • Provide adequate funding to renew all authorized vouchers.


> • Base the voucher funding distribution system on the most recent

> 12-months of HUD data and ensure adequate appeals processes for

> unforeseen costs. The Administration’s proposal continues to tie a

> housing authority’s voucher funding to increasingly unreliable

> data, guaranteeing a loss of voucher units in FY07 for many housing

> authorities.


> • Oppose the Administration’s proposal to only provide tenant

> protection vouchers to units currently under lease. This new

> proposal will result in the loss of critical housing subsidies

> locally as not all units lost have current leases.


> • Appropriate funding for 100,000 new, incremental vouchers.

> After ensuring that all currently authorized vouchers are funded,

> funding for new vouchers is necessary to begin to meet the nation’s

> housing needs.



> Project-Based Housing


> • Adequate funding is necessary to renew all project-based contracts.



> Public Housing


> • Oppose the Administration’s proposal to cut the public housing

> capital fund by 10.7% (1 million). There is a well-documented

> backlog of more than billion in capital needs for the nation’s

> public housing stock.


> • Additional funding is necessary for the public housing operating

> fund. The request seeks level-funding at .56 billion. However,

> .3 billion is necessary for the operation of public housing under

> the new asset-based management system.



> Community Development Block Grants


> • Oppose the Administration’s proposal to cut CDBG formula grants

> by 20% (6 million). Approximately 24% of CDBG funds are used

> for affordable housing.



> Homeless Assistance Grants, HOME and Housing Opportunities for

> Persons with AIDS


> • Support the proposed 15.7% increase (9 million) for Homeless

> Assistance Grants.


> • Support the proposed 9.1% increase (0 million) for the HOME program.


> • Support the proposed 4.9% increase ( million) for HOPWA.



> Housing for the Elderly, Housing for Persons with Disabilities,

> Fair Housing, Lead Paint


> • Oppose the proposed 26% cut (0 million) to the Section 202

> housing for the elderly program.


> • Oppose the proposed 50% cut (8 million) to the Section 811

> housing for people with disabilities program.


> • Oppose the proposed 2% cut ( million) to fair housing programs.


> • Oppose the proposed 23% cut ( million) to the lead-based

> paint hazard reduction program.



> For More Information:


> · An overview of the President’s proposal

> for FY07 HUD funding is available at



> · Want to learn more about the

> Congressional budget and appropriations process? Check out



> · The Center on Budget and Policy

> Priorities has an in-depth analysis of the President’s housing

> voucher proposal at




> Write a Letter to the Editor:


> Find a sample letter at

> alertid=8570921&type=ME.



> Questions? Call Kim Schaffer at 202-662-1530 x232. Please report

> the results of your calls to Find your Member of

> Congress by entering your zip code in the Contact

> Congress box.

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