NLIHC: Memo: Appropriations and other housing bills advance, upcoming webinars and more
Volume 23, Issue 29
July 30, 2018
In This Issue:
Contact Your Senators Today
about Spending Bill, Fair Housing,
The Senate continues to debate an FY19 spending bill and will likely vote on amendments as soon as Tuesday, July 31. Call your senators today, urging them to defeat several harmful amendments that would undermine housing opportunity and to support other amendments that would expand and preserve critical resources.
House Committee Passes Bills that Would Cut Housing Benefits and Homeless Assistance
The House Financial Services Committee passed, on a party-line vote, the “Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2017” (HR 2069) on July 24. The bill aims to provide housing assistance to youth aging out of the foster system, but it provides no additional resources to do so. Instead, the bill imposes work requirements and other burdens on youth as a condition for receiving housing assistance, the first time ever for individuals who rely on such assistance. The committee also approved the “Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017” (HR 1511) by a vote of 39-18. HR 1511 would expand the definition of homelessness without providing the necessary resources for the increased number of people who would qualify for homelessness assistance. NLIHC opposes both bills.
Our Homes, Our Votes
Launches New Website,
Offers July 31 Webinar
As part of the 2018 Our Homes, Our Votes project, NLIHC has launched a new website that contains the information and resources organizations need to plan and execute successful nonpartisan voter-engagement and mobilization campaigns. The website is a one-stop-shop for information and resources on expanding registration and turnout of low income renters and affordable housing allies in the electoral process. The website features infographics, logos, an interactive form for planning a campaign, and video recordings of recent Our Homes, Our Votes webinar broadcasts.
Register Now for Opportunity Starts at HomeInformational Webinar, August 16
The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign will host its first informational webinar on August 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The free webinar, “Broadening the Housing Movement,” is open to all individuals and organizations interested in learning more about this exciting multi-sector housing campaign. Attendees will learn about the campaign's progress, short- and long-term plans, policy advocacy goals, and ways to get involved.