If Congress opts to implement sequestration later on in the year, an estimated 185,000 rental assistant vouchers could be lost, and nearly an additional 146,000 people will be made homeless. Sequestration, as noted in this Politico primer, is “the process of cordoning off money that may have been authorized by Congress but is now prohibited from being spent.” Sequestration would cut off substantial funds to providers of federal government services, including successful programs in rental housing, job training, and health support for women, infants, and children.
To help avoid this, the Coaltion on Human Needs has sponsored a letter to “promote the common good, protect the vulnerable, and rebuild the economy” and needs your signature in support of it. By signing the letter, you are urging Congress to protect low-income people, promote the creation of more jobs, increase revenue from fair sources, and to seek savings by targeting truly wasteful spending rather than that which is working for millions.
Over two million Americans will be negatively affected by these cuts to affordable housing in 2013. More information on the impact of these sequestration programs can be found here.
You can visit the site and sign now. There is no time to waste, you must sign by the September 10th deadline!
This post is intended to represent an opportunity for citizen engagement and does not necessarily reflect the mission of CPHA.