Pressing Congress to Reopen HUD

Legislation | January 11, 2019 | by Colleen Bloom

LeadingAge is very concerned about the impacts of the lengthening shutdown, and has been in frequent communications with Congress urging them to reopen HUD.   We have sent a letter to Congress as part of a large coalition.   And members are encouraged to tell their stories about how the shutdown is impacting them, too.  

LeadingAge, as a member of the steering committee of this group, has signed-on to a  letter to congressional leadership from the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) outlining the effects of the shutdown on affordable housing and community development, including its impacts on specific HUD and USDA programs.

LeadingAge suggests that members contact their House and Senate members with these messages:

  • Please protect low income older adults by ending the government shutdown and passing a full year HUD spending bill that provides strong funding for affordable housing programs such as the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly and Project-Based Rental Assistance programs.
  • We are gravely concerned of the shutdown’s immediate and long-term impacts on HUD's programs and the low income older adults they serve.
  • The shutdown is threatening to destabilize over 1.6 million older adult households that depend on HUD’s rental assistance programs.

In addition to keeping LeadingAge staff informed of any new or critical concerns, members are urged to make your voices heard