NAHMA Grassroots Advocacy
This page is dedicated to providing members current grassroots advocacy action campaigns. Current topics and opportunities for participation are listed below, and these will be updated as new issues arise.
Urgent Grassroots Issues
NAHMA Grassroots Action Alert: Urge Congress to Pass Omnibus and Fund Affordable Housing Programs for FY2016
NAHMA is requesting your participation in a crucial effort to pass a funding bill for the rest of fiscal year 2016. Currently, Congress is negotiating final funding bills for affordable housing programs. The current funding period, authorized under a Continuing Resolution (CR), ends on December 11. There remains little time, approximately one week, for Congress to finalize legislation to fund all federal programs. Read More
NAHMA Grassroots Advocacy Alert: Urge Lawmakers to Provide Full Funding for Affordable Housing in FY 2017
NAHMA is requesting your participation in a crucial effort to ensure adequate funding for affordable housing programs in 2017. Congress will soon begin preparing the appropriation bills for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for all federal programs, including affordable housing programs. We are asking for your assistance in urging lawmakers to provide funding to the Senate and House Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) and Subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies that will adequately renew all rental assistance contracts and fully fund all affordable housing programs for FY 2017. READ MORE
Urge Congress to Pass Continuing Resolution and Prevent a Government Shutdown
Posted: September 23, 2015
NAHMA is requesting your participation in a crucial effort to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) for the outset of fiscal year 2016, which will prevent the federal government from shutting down after Sept. 30, and subsequently allow lawmakers additional time to negotiate and pass a broad budget deal during the time frame of the CR.
The current fiscal year ends at midnight on September 30th, so there remains little time for Congress to finalize legislation for all federal non-defense discretionary programs. A temporary CR must be passed in order to prevent a government shutdown. (CRs continue funding levels from the previous fiscal year, and they often extend the funding for a limited amount of time so that lawmakers may draft alternative appropriations bills.)
Advocate for Affordable Housing Programs During the August Recess
Posted: August 6, 2015
This week, members of Congress will begin their month long district work period known as the August Recess. Neither chamber of Congress will resume work until September 8th, 2015. The August Recess serves as an excellent opportunity to engage in grassroots advocacy. NAHMA encourages members to schedule meetings or property visits with their elected officials, and discuss the funding and regulatory issues facing federal affordable housing programs.
Contacting Your Members of Congress – Reaching out to a member’s office is easy, and their staff are willing to receive your comments and requests. NAHMA’s Grassroots Action Center features a full toolkit for members to use including webinars on advocacy strategies, FAQs on Congress as well as numerous documents to help you understand the program and funding considerations for fiscal year 2016. Additionally, NAHMA Maps can help you identify your elected official and their contact information.
Urge Lawmakers to Provide Full-Funding for Project-Based Section 8 in FY 2016
On Wednesday, June 3, the House of Representatives began deliberation of H.R.2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016. This is the T-HUD bill which previously passed the House Appropriations Committee on May 13, 2015. Lawmakers in the House will continue to deliberate this bill through next week, with final votes most likely to occur on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
Urge Congress to Fully-Fund Project-Based Section 8 in FY 2016
Posted: February 26, 2015
NAHMA is requesting your participation in an urgent grassroots effort to advocate for increased funding for Project-Based Section 8 (PBS8) contracts in fiscal year 2016. While the Administration has requested a funding increase for PBS8 in its FY 2016 budget request, NAHMA remains concerned that the funding level is not adequate to fully fund all contracts upfront for 12-months at the time of renewal. In the budget, HUD indicates that the requested amount for the program will be sufficient for 12-month funding, but this assumption is based on a transition to a calendar year funding model wherein all contracts are funded at once beginning January 1 each year.