Just last night, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) began circulating a sign-on letter to his colleagues in the Senate urging Senate leaders to fund the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). The letter urges Senate leaders to include $1.065 billion for the NHTF in the tax cut legislation or other appropriate legislation. Senator Reed is also circulating a similar letter addressed to President Obama.
Senator Kerry has already signed on but Sen. Scott Brown has not. Please call him at (202) 224-4543 and say “Please sign onto Sen. Reed’s letter supporting funding for the National Housing Trust Fund as we desperately need more affordable housing resources for low-income households in MA.” Ask him to contact James Ahn in Senator Reeds office to sign on at 202-224-4642 or email@example.com.
The deadline for senators to sign onto the letters is 4 pm ET TODAY, December 10.
The goal of the National Housing Trust Fund, which was authorized in July 2008, is to create 1.5 million units of affordable housing within ten years.
The NHTF is critical for efforts to prevent and end homelessness, as it targets at least 75 percent of the amount used for rental housing to extremely low income households. The majority of the people who enter the homeless system have experienced some sort of crisis that caused them to lose their housing because of the added burden from paying so much of their income for rent. For more information, visit the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign website.