We all know that there is tremendous unmet need in the state for community development funding and for housing that low-income people can afford.
However, there is good news: Congress’s recent bipartisan budget agreement is the first opportunity in many years to get increased federal funding for community development and affordable housing.
President Trump’s new budget is a bad start, but it’s just symbolic. The fact is, Congress just lifted austere spending caps that have starved HUD programs for years.
The bill adds $131 billion in domestic non-defense spending for the next two fiscal years, and now they need to figure out how to spend it.
While Trump’s budget would add only $2 billion of that new money to HUD (for an overall 14% cut), we know that increased funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investments Partnership program (HOME), rental assistance, and the National Housing Trust Fund would go a long way to alleviating resource scarcity and the affordability crisis.
But we need to let our members of Congress know these programs really work.
The first step is to add your organization to this sign-on letter asking Ohio’s congressional delegation to support increased funding for HUD programs.
After you sign the letter, we’ll get in touch when the time comes to call your members of Congress to let them know how important these federal community development and housing programs are to their constituents.