Save the HOME Program from Devastating Cuts!

By Debra Mayes

July 17, 2015

As provided by COSCA-

Senate Committee FY2016 Bill Would Fund the HOME Program at $66 Million

 A Cut of $834 million from last year!!!

 Click for spreadsheet - HOME 2015-2106 Budget - 2016 Projections

 93% decrease in funding.                                                                                                                                                                        

Ways you can help to save the HOME Program:

Please contact your Senators and Representatives to urge them to support the HOME Program and increase the amount.  Tell them that sequestration and the budget caps must end, and more funds must be provided to programs like housing and community development.  If you are restricted from contacting your Congressional delegation, find someone who is able to share HOME’s successes, such as local officials, mayors, county executives, housing developers (for-profit and non-profit), realtors, families that live in HOME housing, families that receive HOME TBRA, rural housing developers, tax credit syndicators, homelessness advocates, state and local housing advocacy organizations, etc., with Congress.  Contact information can be found at http://www.house.gov/representatives/ for House members and http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ for Senators.

 ·       Remind your delegation how critical HOME is and how cuts have already harmed your affordable housing efforts.

  ·       Set up tours of HOME projects in your state/congressional districts.  Congress is on recess during the month of August, so call their offices to set up visits now.  Calendars fill up fast.

  ·       Let your Congressional delegation meet with beneficiaries of HOME projects:  residents of HOME units who can personally attest to the benefits of the HOME units and how their lives have been improved.  

  ·       If you have joint CDBG/HOME projects, emphasize the importance of HOME to the overall project funding.

  ·       Share information on the DEVASTATING CUTS proposed by the Senate and the estimated FY2016 allocations that would be received (see attached chart).   Most states would get less than $500,000 in HOME allocations!

  ·       Contact your local media (TV, news, magazines) and write op-ed pieces about how communities would be harmed by these cuts to HOME. Use social media (twitter, etc.) if possible to spread the message.

  ·       Emphasize that the National Housing Trust Fund is not the same program as HOME, and should not be used as a substitute. They are two different programs.

  Please let me know if you have questions about this request, and also if you are able to contact your delegation or take any other action. We can help with contacts.  COSCDA and the HOME Coalition are also working to get Congress to increase the HOME funding.   But Congress needs to hear directly from their constituents about how crucial HOME is to your communities. 

Thank you for your help!!!!!

 Linda Thompson

Senior Director, Advocacy and Federal Programs

Council of State Community Development Agencies

202-293-5820

202-293-2820 (fax)

 

 

 

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