Prepare for the August recess by scheduling meetings with your legislators.
Congress will be in recess during the month of August. If you have not already, please take the opportunity to schedule meetings at home with your legislators to advocate for full funding for HUD programs in FY13.
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5972, its FY13 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill, on June 29. The bill provides insufficient funding for the major rental assistance programs serving extremely low income people, including the voucher, project-based Section 8, public housing and homeless assistance programs.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its FY13 THUD spending bill in April. The Senate bill increased funding levels above the President’s budget on several important housing programs and rejected policy provisions that would harm extremely low income households.
The House and Senate will soon begin negotiating final appropriations for HUD programs. Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you now that fully funding these programs is a priority.
The House and Senate will begin recess on August 4. They will be back in session on September 10.
Urge legislators to:
- Fully fund HUD programs as they finalize the FY13 THUD spending bill.
- Oppose adding any policy provisions to the THUD bill that would harm extremely low income households, particularly provisions that would increase minimum rents.