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GRASSROOTS ACTION: Support Full-Funding for Project-Based Section 8! Call Your Congressional Representatives TODAY!

On June 7th, the House Appropriations Transportation-HUD Subcommittee passed its FY 2013 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill. The bill contains significant cuts to the project-based Section 8 program.  The legislation would fund the project-based Section 8 program at the level requested in HUD’s FY 2013 budget, $8.7 billion, which includes $8.44 billion for contract renewals.  This figure is almost $1.2 billion below what is necessary to fully-fund all project-based Section 8 contracts for their 12-month terms at renewal. If this funding level is approved by Congress, 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 FY 2013. 

 

The full House Appropriations Committee currently plans to mark-up the FY 2013 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill the week of June 18.

 

In response, NAHMA encourages members to call their Congressional Representatives in the House Appropriations Committee ASAP and let them know that you oppose the short-funding of the project-based Section 8 program proposed in the House’s draft FY 2013 Transportation-HUD bill (please find a list of the Congressional Members that sit on the House Appropriations Committee below).  Please urge your Representatives to restore $1.2 billion to the project-based Section 8 account and fully-fund the program at $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.

 

The following Congressional Representatives sit on the House Appropriations Committee:

 

 

Harold Rogers (R-KY)

Norman D. Dicks (D-WA)

C.W. Bill Young (R-FL)

Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN)

Frank R. Wolf (R-VA)

Nita M. Lowey (D-NY)

Jack Kingston (R-GA)

José E. Serrano (D-NY)

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)

Rosa L. DeLauro  (D-CT)

Tom Latham (R-IA)

James P. Moran (D-VA)

Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL)

John W. Olver (D-MA)

Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

Ed Pastor (D-AZ)

Kay Granger (R-TX)

David E. Price  (D-NC)

Michael K. Simpson (R-ID)

Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY)

John Abney Culberson (R-TX)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)

Sam Farr (D-CA)

Denny Rehberg (R-MT)

Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.  (D-IL)

John R. Carter (R-TX)

Chaka Fattah  (D-PA)

Rodney Alexander (R-LA)

Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ)

Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)

Jo Bonner (R-AL)

Barbara Lee  (D-CA)

Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH)

Adam B. Schiff (D-CA)

Tom Cole (R-OK)

Michael M. Honda (D-CA)

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

 

 

Charles W. Dent (R-PA)

 

 

Steve Austria (R-OH)

 

 

Cynthia M. Lummis (R-WY)

 

 

Tom Graves (R-GA)

 

 

Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

 

 

Steve Womack (R-AR)

 

 

Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

 

 

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 the short-funding of the project-based Section 8 program would directly affect your properties and your residents in their Districts. 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 encourage other interested stakeholders to call their Congressional Representatives as well.

 

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.

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