The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) has learned that the House Appropriations Transportation-HUD Subcommittee may cut or underfund the project-based Section 8 program in the House’s FY 2013 Transportation – HUD Appropriations bill. In response, NAHMA is asking members to participate in a Congressional Call-In Campaign to support full-funding for the project-based Section 8 program on Wednesday April 25 and Thursday April 26.
On Wednesday April 25 and Thursday April 26, please call your Congressional Representatives in the House. Ask them to contact House Appropriations T-HUD Subcommittee Chair Tom Latham (R-IA), and strongly urge him to fund the project based Section 8 program at a minimum of $9.875 billion, the level provided by the Senate Appropriations Committee in S. 2322-the Senate’s version of the FY 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill.
For information on contacting your Congressional Representatives in the House, please visit: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
When you call your Congressional Representatives, please let them know how cuts to/short-funding of the project-based Section 8 program would directly affect your properties and your residents. Also, let them know how you dealt with the problems caused by short-funded Section 8 contracts and late contract payments in the past.
The affordable housing industry needs all the support it can get to ensure the project-based Section 8 program receives full-funding in FY 2013. To that end, please feel free to invite other interested stakeholders to participate in the Congressional Call-In Days.
For more information about NAHMA’s Congressional Call-In Campaign, please see the attached one pager or visit: http://www.nahma.org/content/Grassroots%20Files/April%202012%20Congressional%20Call%20In%20One%20Pager%20for%20PBS8.pdf
For detailed phone scripts, model letters, and talking points for discussing the negative impacts of short-funding the project-based Section 8 program with your Congressional Representative, please visit: http://www.nahma.org/content/grassroots_PBS8.html.