Tell Congress NO to proposed federal housing benefit cuts

On Wednesday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and the Trump administration, unveiled draft legislation to cut housing benefits that help America’s poorest seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and other people afford to keep roofs over their heads. Cutting housing benefits will not create jobs that pay decent wages or other opportunities needed to lift people out of poverty. Instead, such cuts would only make it harder for low income people to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity. 

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

The Trump Administration's proposal would require many low income families to pay an even greater share of their limited incomes on rent, with the potential to disproportionately impact single parent households. It would increase rents for households with high medical or child care expenses by eliminating income deductions, putting the greatest burden of the rent increases on seniors, people with disabilities and families with young children. It triples the mandatory minimum rent to at least $150, and it allows the HUD secretary to impose even higher rents through alternative rent structures and de facto time limits. Under the bill, housing providers would be allowed to impose work requirements without any resources to help people gain the skills they need for well-paying jobs. Learn more about the Trump proposal to cut housing benefits here.

Congress should reject any plan to cut housing benefits through increased rents, arbitrary work requirements, de facto time limits, and other burdens. 

Instead, Congress should expand investments in affordable rental homes to reach more families in need.

Join AZHC and housing and homelessness advocates nationwide in standing strong in opposition to these proposed work requirements and rent increases for those most in need of assistance. 

INDIVIDUAL ADVOCATES
Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to oppose any cuts to housing benefitsWhile this proposal is still in the developing stages and will ultimately need Congressional approval, it is important our elected officials hear REAL STORIES from REAL PEOPLE about the negative impacts of placing additional conditional burdens on those most in need of assistance. 

>>> Click HERE to learn more about how the Trump Administration's proposal would increase homelessness, housing insecurity, and poverty. 

      

ORGANIZATIONAL ADVOCATES
Our friends at the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) have also put together a sign-on letter for agencies and organizations to strongly oppose the Trump administration’s harmful proposal to slash federal housing benefits by imposing work requirements and rent increases. 

Join more than 600 organizations across the country by signing this national letter in opposition to any attempt to cut housing benefits for America’s struggling families. 

>>> Click HERE to view NLIHC's sign-on letter in full, and below to complete the sign-on.


National Housing Week of Action: Speak up for homes for ALL Arizonans

Join advocates from across Arizona and the country in calling for greater investments in homes which are affordable to all our friends and neighbors, and in our communities. 

GET INVOLVED

Monday, April 30th: #RedForEd - Support Arizona's Homeless School Liaisons, Educators, and Their Students

While we know the #RedForEd walkout will continue on Monday and that there are rumors of a budget deal in the works, here are some resources and ways you can take action.

Wish List for Educators (coordinated by AEU Parent Liaisons)

Children's Action Alliance Resource Hub

Arizona Educators United - Donation & Service Info (scroll to bottom) 

It is unacceptable that the highly-educated workforce of Arizona's educators are unable to rent or buy homes in the school districts they teach in, near the students they care so deeply for.

Tuesday, May 1: Social Media & Selfie Day

Kick off the 2018 National Housing Week of Action by sharing with your friends, family, and colleagues that you believe in the importance of a safe, affordable home for ALL Arizonans. 

Participate in 6 quick & easy steps:

  1. Download a poster here (or infographic of your choice)
  2. Take a selfie with your poster or infographic. 
  3. Post your photo on social media using the hashtag: #OurHomesOurVoices
  4. Tag us in the post!
    Facebook: @AZHousingCoalition
    Twitter: @SpeakUp4Homes
  5. Encourage your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to participate!
  6. Watch as people across the country post their own photos and add their voices to this movement.

Wednesday, May 2: "Dear Arizona" Letter-Writing Party

Share your stories via letter, postcard, or email about importance of investments in affordable housing and our communities with your state senator and representatives. 

WHEN: 5/1/18 | 10:00AM to 3:00PM
WHERE: Arizona Housing Coalition office

All letter-writing supplies and legislative contact info will be provided, along with refreshments. 

Thursday, May 3: Legislative Call-In Day

Voice your concern with a quick follow-up call to your state senator and representatives about the housing issues most important to you.

WHEN: All day

WHERE: Your home, office, car, wherever you are!

Click HERE to find and call your state legislative members. 

Friday, May 4: "Dear Congress" Letter-Writing Party

Share your stories via letter, postcard, or email about importance of investments in affordable housing and our communities with Senator Flake, Senator McCain, and your congressional representative.

WHEN: 5/3/18 | 10:00AM to 3:00PM
WHERE: Arizona Housing Coalition office

All letter-writing supplies and congressional contact info will be provided, along with refreshments. 

Monday, May 7: Congressional Call-In Day

Voice your concern with a quick follow-up call to your Senator Flake, Senator McCain, and your congressional representative about the need to increase funding for affordable homes, not housing benefit cuts. 

WHEN: All day

WHERE: Your home, office, car, wherever you are!

Call your congressional members at (202) 224-3121.

Tuesday, May 8: National Twitterstorm

Join AZHC, NLIHC, and organizations nationwide in an informational Twitterstorm to call for increased investment in affordable homes. 

WHEN: 11:00AM to 12:00PM (AZ time)

WHERE: Your home, office, car, wherever you are!

Find sample tweets, social media images, and other resources by clicking HERE.

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UPDATE: Qualified Opportunity Zones

As was shared earlier this monthArizona is one of the first states to have federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones. These opportunity zones are a new community investment tool designed to drive long-term capital to rural and low-income urban and suburban communities, allowing for funders to invest in these zones with a powerful new tax incentive, which is a little-known provision of President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which passed late last year H.R. 1

There has been a great deal of discussion and analysis of the potential effectiveness of these opportunity zones. Stay up to date on the latest regarding Opportunity Zonesthanks to the ongoing work of our friends at Enterprise Community Partners. 

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More federal & state updates

Looking for more ways, or more reasons, to be the best advocate you can be? Check out our latest Advocacy Alerts from JanuaryFebruaryMarch, and April for state and federal updates, complete with 'Take Action' items -- specific actions YOU can take to help us end homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans.