With the House’s approval on November 19, Congress is one step closer to enacting the Build Back Better Act with historic investments in affordable homes. The bill now turns to the Senate where changes are expected. Once approved, the House will have to vote a final time. This legislation includes the following robust funding for the campaign’s top priorities:
- $25 billion in rental assistance,
- $65 billion to preserve public housing, and
- $15 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund
If passed, this will be the most substantial federal investment in quality, stable, affordable homes for our nation’s lowest-income people EVER. Click here to see a full overview of the funding and why it matters.
Please send a letter to your members of Congress TODAY and urge them to quickly enact the Build Back Better Act with these historic investments in affordable homes.
SEND THE CAMPAIGN’S LETTER TO CONGRESS
As your constituent, I ask that you quickly enact the Build Back Better Act and its historic investments in affordable homes. The targeted affordable housing investments included in this package — $25 billion in rental assistance, $65 billion for public housing, and $15 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund — will do tremendous good for millions of low-income people across the country. These key investments must be included in any Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill and should not be broken off into a separate bill that faces a steeper path to enactment.
A stable, affordable home serves as the foundation to all other areas of life, but decades of federal underfunding has left millions of renters struggling to attain this basic need. Currently, only one in four eligible households receives rental assistance, and public housing units are in severe disrepair, leaving predominantly Black and brown renters who live there suffering the harmful physical and mental health impacts.
The national Housing Trust Fund is the only federal housing production program that builds and preserves homes affordable to the lowest-income people – those with the greatest and clearest needs – yet this program too has been significantly underfunded since its creation.
If enacted, these targeted housing investments will provide affordable and stable homes for hundreds of thousands of the country’s lowest-income people and preserve and improve up to 1 million affordable homes. I urge you to work with your colleagues to quickly enact the Build Back Better Act and these important investments in rental assistance, public housing and the national Housing Trust Fund.
For more information about the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign and its advocates, please see: www.opportunityhome.org
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