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Senate Drafting FY11 Bill Now – Take Action!

Next week, the Senate is expected to vote on its version of FY11 appropriations levels. The current Continuing Resolution funds the federal government until March 18.

On February 19, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, its version of the FY11 budget, with nearly $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s initial request.

It is critical that you contact your Senators TODAY and urge them to oppose the massive cuts made to housing programs in H.R. 1, and any Senate proposals to cut HUD programs.

Urge your Senators to support FY11 funding for HUD that protects the lowest income households.

To contact your Senators, call the congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351. You can also click on the blue Take Action link above. Enter your zip code and find your Senators’ numbers.

Tell your Senators that, if they do not prevent the House’s $5.7 billion cut to HUD’s FY10 budget of $43.5 billion, 300,000 households will either lose their housing or not have the opportunity to access affordable housing, and more than 1.2 million households will be at risk of living in substandard housing.

Below is a list of programs with the cuts proposed in H.R. 1 compared to the FY10 budget and the impacts these cuts would have.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
H.R. 1 proposal: $0 | Cuts to FY10 level: 100%
Impact: 13,000 homeless veterans not housed

Tenant Based Rental Assistance- Homeless Families and Individuals Demonstration
H.R. 1 proposal: $0 | Cuts to FY10 level: 100%
Impact: 22,000 homeless people not housed

Public Housing Capital Fund
H.R. 1 proposal: $1.428 billion | Cuts to FY10 level: 43%
Impact: 1.2 million households in public housing units at risk of living in units not properly maintained and additional households not housed because of acceleration of loss of units

Native American Housing Block Grant
H.R. 1 proposal: $500 million | Cuts to FY10 level: 29%
Impact: 1,750 households not served

Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant
H.R. 1 proposal: $0 | Cuts to FY10 level: 100%
Impact: Three affordable housing construction grants eliminated

Community Development Block Grant
H.R. 1 proposal: $1.5 billion | Cuts to FY10 level: 66%
Impact: Approximately 83,000 households not housed in new or rehabilitated units

HOME Investment Partnership
H.R. 1 proposal: $1.65 billion | Cuts to FY10 level: 10%
Impact: 2,900 affordable rental housing units not created

Homeless Assistance Grants
H.R. 1 proposal: $0 (no increase over FY10) | Cuts to FY10 level: 0%
Impact: 121,000 homeless people not housed

Section 811 Rental Assistance
H.R. 1 proposal: $24 million | Cuts to FY10 level: 72%
Impact: 10,000 households with disabilities lose housing

Section 811 and Section 202 Construction
H.R. 1 proposal: $314 million | Cuts to FY10 level: Over 70%
Impact: 6,400 elderly and disabled households not housed in newly constructed units

Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control
H.R. 1 proposal: $120 million | Cuts to FY10 level: 14%
Impact: 2,000 households with one or more children at risk of lead-poisoning

These proposed cuts come as further data showing the need for affordable housing in states across the country have recently been released. On February 25, NLIHC released a report showing the housing problems faced by the lowest income households directly before the latest recession.

The report found the number of extremely low income and very low income renters with at least one housing problem was higher nationally and in nearly every state in 2005-2007 than in 2000. The data show the number of housing units that are both affordable and available dropped to 35 per 100 ELI renters, down from 43 in 2000.

To read the full report, click here.

Call your Senator today and urge them to oppose the HUD funding levels proposed in H.R. 1.

After calling, let us know who you called and the response you received by emailing us at outreach@nlihc.org.
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