Broad Stakeholder Group Working for Reform
Funding cuts resulting from sequestration accentuate the urgency of enacting the broadly-supported set of reforms to key features of HUD’s rental assistance programs that have been considered by Congress for a number of years, most recently in the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012 (AHSSIA). Twenty national groups, representing a broad cross-section of stakeholders, have called on the Senate Banking Committee to act on similar legislation early in 2013.
On February 21, this group sent a letter to the Senate Banking Committee urging the committee to take action. The letter references the broad stakeholder agreement and the AHSSIA discussion draft from the previous Congress, and it outlines the ten core reforms needed, including the expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) program.
These national groups have been working closely to build a strategy for congressional outreach and action. As the first step in that strategy, the stakeholder group briefed Senate Banking Committee members on the importance of moving this legislation, particularly in light of current budget uncertainties. The group is currently engaged in mobilizing efforts on the local and state level.
See below for upcoming events and actions as well as further information on why rental assistance reform is needed, and why now is the time.
Upcoming Events and Actions - Join This Effort
Affordable housing stakeholders are encouraged to show your support for rental assistance reform by signing onto a letter expressing the urgent need for these reforms. Individual letters for all states represented on the Senate Banking Committee have been posted as part of our state-specific campaigns. See the menu bar to the left. Stakeholders from other states and national organizations are encouraged to sign onto the national letter.
Update: As of June 11, 300 organizations had signed onto one of the letters in support of rental assistance reform! The first round of state-specific letters was sent to the Hill on June 5, and several more letters were sent on June 26. Click on the following links to see the final letters, which include the lists of signatories:
Organizations in these states that have not signed on can still show their support by signing the letters as we are keeping track of total signatures to date. We anticipate sending letters for some of the other states in the next two weeks and are particularly looking for greater support from organizations in Alabama, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.