Letter Urges Housing Investments, Quick FY22 Enactment

Legislation | July 23, 2021 | by Linda Couch

On July 23, LeadingAge along with other members of the Steering Committee of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding sent a letter to House and Senate key leadership on the need for housing infrastructure investments as well as speedy enactment of the strongest possible fiscal year 2022 HUD appropriations bill.

On July 23, LeadingAge along with other members of the Steering Committee of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding sent a letter to House and Senate key leadership on the need for housing infrastructure investments as well as speedy enactment of the strongest possible fiscal year 2022 HUD appropriations bill.

The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding is a coalition of more than 70 national organizations working together for the highest possible housing and community development funding. LeadingAge is a longtime member of the Campaign’s Steering Committee.

Here is the text of the letter:

“Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader McCarthy, Chair DeLauro, Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Granger, and Vice Chairman Shelby, Chair Price, Chair Schatz, Ranking Member Collins, and Ranking Member Granger,

The below members of the Steering Committee of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding, representing the more than 70 national organizations in the housing and community development field, urge Congress to act expeditiously to enact the highest possible funding for housing and community development programs for fiscal year 2022.

We urge the Senate to look to the House Committee on Appropriations fiscal year 2022 HUD bill and, when more generous, to the President’s requests for the fiscal year 2022 HUD bill. We also urge Congress to enact a fiscal year 2022 HUD funding bill as soon as possible. Multiple and/or lengthy Continuing Resolutions are a recipe for greatly delayed funding for existing programs and for even longer waits for housing assistance and community investments, neither of which serve the country well.

Ten years’ of federal spending caps have wreaked havoc on the ability of public and private organizations to adequately respond to the nation’s severe lack of affordable and accessible housing and the ubiquitous need for additional community development resources.

We are very grateful for the increases in the House Committee on Appropriations fiscal year 2022 HUD bill, which we see as a reflection of the need for, and the successful track record of, the HUD programs it funds. We urge quick House passage of the bill.

Now is the time to take significant steps to truly meet the housing and community development needs of the nation.”

The letter was signed by the following Steering Committee member organizations: Center for Disability Rights; Corporation for Supportive Housing; Enterprise Community Partners; LeadingAge; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; National Alliance to End Homelessness; National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials; National Council of State Housing Agencies; National Housing Law Project; National Housing Trust; National Low Income Housing Coalition; and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future.

See the letter here.