Defend funding for housing in the federal budget

The 2019 proposed federal budget for the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) emphasizes fiscal responsibility though the “dignity of work and self-sufficiency and recognizes a greater role State and local governments and the private sector to address community and economic development needs and affordable housing production.” What the proposal boils down to is harmful funding cuts and new requirements, including:

  • Reducing Section 8 federal housing subsidies
  • Eliminating the $1.9 billion fund for public housing capital repairs
  • Zeroing out community development block grants, which play a key role in disaster recovery, as well as grants to states and local governments to increase homeownership for the lowest-income Americans and funding for neighborhood redevelopment
  • Rent increases from 30% to 35% and a raise of minimum rent to $150 for affordable housing
  • Strict work requirements for families who are using rental subsidy programs

We know that families already pay their fair share for housing, as 30% is the threshold for affordability. We also know that families who can work are working and that an increase in work requirements with the addition of arbitrary time limits will increase the number of cost burdened families and overburden the private sector to provide housing. Bottom line is that families will be hurt greatly.

What you can do

  • Reach out to your elected representatives in Washington DC and let them know how much this budget will hurt Utah families and communities.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop
 (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)

Talking Points

  • Utah is already experiencing a housing crisis, with a housing gap of over 47,000 units to date that local governments and private sector cannot fix alone.
  • Stable housing leads to better health, education, career and family outcomes across Utah, which in turn saves money for the federal government and the state.
  • Senator Hatch has a long history of supporting affordable housing policies – including his co-sponsorship (once again) of S. 548 American Housing Credit Improvement Act.
  • Rep. Mia Love also committed to co-sponsor the House’s version of the American Housing Credit Improvement Act.

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