The Network advocates for public policy positions that advance the growth and effectiveness of supportive housing. We also lead and participate in timely campaigns to promote supportive housing as the most humane and cost-effective solution to ending chronic homelessness. Below, you'll find opportunities to get involved and help advocate for supportive housing and homeless individuals in New York.
Support funding for the Housing Trust Fund
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Housing Trust Fund has remained unfunded ever since it was signed into law in 2008. Please take a moment and join the Network and sign on to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s innovative proposal to fund the National Housing Trust Fund with savings from mortgage interest tax reform. The proposal would cap the amount of mortgage interest that generates income tax savings at $500,000. More than 50 organizations have already signed on to this proposal.
Your endorsement would mean a great deal as we continue to build support for this effort. For more information on the Housing Trust Fund, see this recent editorial from the New York Times editorial board on the fund's importance.
A new coalition, United for Homes, has also been created to highlight this issue. More than 1,000 groups have already endorsed their proposal to fund the Housing Trust Fund. We ask that you visit their website and endorse their plan.
Call your legislators: Preserve HUD Funding!
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its Transportation and Housing Urban Development (THUD) budget for the coming fiscal year. The budget dramatically underfunds the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program at $2 billion; the real need is $2.3 billion. This lack of funding will result in 25,000 more homeless individuals, no funding for new projects and a cut to the amount of overall funding available to each Continuum of Care. The THUD budget also fails to meet the need of $1.2 billion for the HOME program.
As the House and Senate finalize the numbers for an omnibus spending bill this summer, we urge you to call your legislators RIGHT NOW and ask them to write their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to insist on full funding for McKinney-Vento and HOME. We’re advocating for the President's request of $2.4 billion and $1.6 billion for McKinney-Vento and HOME, respectively.
Schedule a residence tour!
The Network regularly schedules supportive housing residence tours with city, state and federally elected officials throughout the year. If you would like to schedule a tour with your representative, contact the Network’s Maclain Berhaupt. Tours are the single most effective way to illustrate the benefits of supportive housing to our government leaders. Email us to help schedule one in your district today!
The Network and its 200-plus nonprofit members rely in part on donations to successfully provide and advocate for supportive housing. To help us achieve our core goals, please consider donating to the Network or one of our members.