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GRASSROOTS ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Representatives to Support Full Funding for the Project-Based Section 8 Contract Renewals in FY 2013

Earlier this month, President Obama has submitted his FY 2013 Budget Request to Congress.  In the request, HUD proposed serious cuts and a return to partial funding for project-based Section 8 contracts in its FY 2013 budget.  Under this proposal, two-thirds of HUD’s project-based Section 8 contracts would receive 9 months funding or less for their housing assistance payments (HAP) contracts, depending on which month those contracts renew in 2013.

 

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) strongly opposes cuts to the project-based Section 8 contract renewal funds, and HUD’s proposed budget gimmick of “short-funding” HAP contracts for less than their full 12-month terms.  We encourage NAHMA members and other supporters of affordable multifamily housing to contact their Congressional Representatives and oppose funding the project-based Section 8 contract renewals at any level less than full-12 months at the time of renewal, which is $9.94 billion.

 

To that end, we have created several resources for members to use to discuss this issue with their Congressional Representatives.  Links to those sources are available below.

We would request that you or your colleagues share this information via email or phone call with your Congressional Representatives and their staff. 

 

 

When you or your colleagues contact your Congressional Representatives’ offices, please let them know you represent properties in their state and/or District.  Please provide them with a bit of background on who you are, who you work for, and your relation to the project-based Section 8 program.  We would also urge you to share the impact partial funding for the project-based Section 8 contracts would have on the properties, the tenants, and the local economy of their state and/or District.

 

For a copy of the phone script to use when you call your Members of Congress, please click here: http://www.nahma.org/content/Grassroots%20Files/NAHMA%20Member%20Phone%20Script%20for%20FY%202013%20PBS8.pdf

 

For a copy of the sample letter to use with your U.S. House Representative, please click here: http://www.nahma.org/content/Grassroots%20Files/NAHMA%20House%20Letter%20for%20FY%202013%20PBS8.pdf

 

For a copy of the sample letter to use with your Senator, please click here: http://www.nahma.org/content/Grassroots%20Files/NAHMA%20Senate%20Letter%20for%20FY%202013%20PBS8.pdf

 

For a copy of additional Project-Based Section 8 Talking Points, please click here: http://www.nahma.org/content/Grassroots%20Files/NAHMA%20PBS8%20Appropriations%202013%20Talking%20Points.pdf

 

For more information on contacting your Senators and Representatives, please click here: http://www.nahma.org/content/grassroots.html

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