Advocacy Update: National HUD Funding Call-In Week!

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Advocacy Update | September 9, 2013

 

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
September 9, 2013
National HUD Funding Call-In Week!
This week is National HUD Funding Call-In Week! As of today, Congress is back from its summer recess and preparing to begin negotiations on finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2014 federal funding.

Before Congress finalizes federal funding levels for another fiscal year, we must take this opportunity to impart to our Members the importance of housing and homelessness programs in our communities before a final deal is made. Call your Members of Congress THIS WEEK as part of a National Call-In Week!

 

Here's what you can do: 

  1. Call your Senators and Representative(s) THIS WEEK and ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues. You can find their number by calling the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
  2. Use these talking points to explain why funding for HUD, and especially the Homeless Assistance Grants, is so important to your community! 
  3. Let us know if you have any questions and/or which office(s) you contacted!   
As part of this Call-In Week, the Alliance has set a goal of generating at least 250 calls this week to all Members of Congress about the need for increased HUD funding in the final FY 2014 budget. Please make as many calls as you can and encourage your colleagues, Board members, clients, and anyone else who cares about HUD funding to make calls this week! You can use this sample action alert to help mobilize your own networks. It is important that we keep track of how many calls everyone has made so we can be sure to meet our goal, so please let us know how many calls you make! 

 

 

More Information 
Due to other pressing issues, it remains unclear when Congress will address FY 2014 funding; however, we do know that negotiations will begin in the next few weeks or even days. Therefore, it is extremely important that we get the message about the importance of robust HUD funding across to as many Members as possible. Fiscal year 2014 begins in just a few short weeks on October 1 and Congress must pass some sort of legislation prior to this date to ensure the government is funded and does not shut down. That makes this week an ideal week to remind Members of the importance of HUD programs and the need to fully fund them!

Last week the Alliance and CSH hosted a webinar providing a funding update and recap for federal programs, with a particular focus on HUD funding. To view a recording of the webinar for further information on likely funding scenarios and next steps, please click here.

 

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Call-In Week Talking Points

HUD Funding Webinar Recording

FY 2014 McKinney Campaign
 
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