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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that in 2011, approximately 8.5 million households had worst-case housing needs -- the highest number ever recorded. This is a staggering 44% increase in worst case housing needs since 2007-- a startling trend of insecurity that shows no signs of letting up. Congress must reverse this trend.
To voice our concerns about adequate funding for affordable housing, we created a call-in campaign. We shared the call-in information on Monday, December 2nd and thanks to our members, residents, coalition partners, board members and others, we've received more than 830 calls 2 days later.
If you have not called already, our call-in line will remain open until the end of the week. Please call 866-898-2624 and tell your legislators in both houses of Congress that low-income families, people with disabilities, and low-income seniors have suffered enough under sequestration, especially when it comes to housing. Congress must stop sequestration and prevent further cuts in HUD and USDA housing assistance.
States and local communities rely on HUD and USDA resources to develop and preserve affordable housing, as well as to help more than 5 million low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children to rent housing they can afford. Indiscriminate sequestration cuts are sharply reducing the number of low-income families they assist, exacerbating the effects of poverty and increasing homelessness.
Many state and local housing agencies are taking one-time steps – such as spending their modest program reserves – to mitigate the effects of sequestration cuts this year. These temporary measures will be exhausted in 2014, and cuts in assistance to low-income families will worsen dramatically if sequestration remains in place. A budget agreement would enable Congressional appropriators to craft 2014 spending bills that would avoid further cuts in the number of low-income households served by HUD and USDA programs.
You can help prevent further cuts by advocating for sequestration relief and ensuring that the conference comes to agreement on an FY14 budget. So, call 866-898-2624 today.
If you live in one of the following states, your calls are especially needed:
AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, ND, NE, NH, OH, OR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
You may also send an email to your legislators through our Contact Congress system.
Thanks in advance for your advocacy on this urgent issue.
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Facebook and LinkedInYou can share this page on your LinkedIn or Facebook pages: http://www.leadingage.org/call_congress.aspx Here are some sample posts:
TwitterYou can post a tweet about the call-in. We encourage you to create your own, or use 1 of the tweets below.