CHAPA Joins National Partners in Calling for Funding Increases for Affordable Housing Programs

In the first week of March, CHAPA signed on to three nationwide letters urging Congress to increase funding for affordable housing and community development programs.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Enterprise, and Habitat for Humanity are circulating a nationwide sign-on letter urging Congress to provide at least $40 million for the Section 4 Capacity Building and Affordable Housing Program for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Organizations can sign onto the letter by close of business on March 6th.

The Section 4 program strengthens low-income rural and urban communities across the nation by providing flexible support to local nonprofit organizations to develop affordable housing, finance small businesses, and revitalize commercial corridors. It is the only federal program that is exclusively focused on increasing the effectiveness of local community development organizations.

The HOME Coalition is circulating a nationwide sign-on letter urging lawmakers to restore funding for the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to at least $1.5 billion in the FY 2020 appropriations. Organizations can sign onto the letter by close of business on March 8th.   

The HOME program is a federal block grant that can be used to provide home ownership and rental housing activities. Examples include supportive housing, rebuilding homes after natural disasters, gap financing with the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD program), as well as grants for rental assistance.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coalition is circulating a nationwide sign-on letter urging Congress to increase funding for the program to at least $3.8 billion in FY 2020.  Sign your organization onto the letter by this Friday, March 8.  

CDBG is a critical resource for communities nationwide to invest in low and moderate income neighborhoods, producing and preserving homeowner and rental housing, infrastructure improvements, and other supports to housing and community development.