Oppose cuts to housing benefits in a new federal bill

Last week we called you to action to oppose cuts to housing benefits in the 2019 federal budget proposal. This week a new threat to housing has come up in a bill from Rep. Ross (R-FL), which would likely raise rents on millions of low income people.

Although the bill touts the benefits of “local control” and “flexibility”, all of the options for local control would likely raise rents on the poorest families.

This includes eliminating income deductions for medical and childcare costs, allowing rents to balloon up beyond what families can afford, imposing de facto time limits, or other rent structures (without protections for residents). You can learn more here.

Utahns love local control, but raising rents is not the solution to our housing crisis.

Let’s focus on policies that help us close our 47,000-unit affordable housing gap in Utah, and provide the stable housing that is proven to create greater independence through better job, school and health outcomes.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Call your members of Congress and ask them to oppose Rep. Ross’s draft bill and seek solutions to our housing crisis in Utah.
  • CD-4 CONSTITUENTS! This bill will likely be heard in the House Financial Services Committee this week. Your Rep. Mia Love is on this committee. Please be sure to contact her office TODAY!

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)

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