Updated Aug. 23
Seize the moment to help advocate for affordable housing as the House returns to Washington this week to work on a $3.5 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package!
Between now and Sept. 15, the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees are figuring out how to divvy up nearly $340 billion for housing programs. The full House is expected to pass the budget reconciliation bill by the end of September, and the Senate is planning for final votes in October. But once the bill is released in mid-September, it will be difficult to make major changes.
In cooperation with our national partners, COHHIO is working with advocates from around the country through the hoUSed campaign to prioritize investments that would help bridge the gap between low wages and high rents, and increase the supply of affordable rental units. (More info in my recent op-ed.)
With Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) chairing the Senate Banking Committee, which oversees federal housing programs, Ohio advocates can have a real influence on the process.
The next three weeks are crucial for housing advocacy!
Here are two ways you can help us prioritize the people who need help the most – extremely low-income renters who struggled every day to maintain stable housing even before the pandemic.
- Add your organization to this sign-on letter asking Congress to support the hoUSed campaign’s priorities
- Email Chairman Brown and your members of Congress and ask them to invest: 1) $180 billion in Housing Choice Vouchers to help an additional 2.65 million struggling households; 2) $70 billion to preserve and rehabilitate the public housing system, and; 3) $45 billion in the National Housing Trust Fund to preserve and develop housing that is affordable to the lowest income renters.
And if you have a relationship with anyone in the congressional offices, contact them directly to let them know you support these priorities. Feel free to contact COHHIO Advocacy Director Gina Wilt if you have any questions. And please let her know if you have any productive interactions with Sen. Brown or any other members of Congress.