For over 20 years, the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) has played a critical role in providing affordable housing opportunities for seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families with children, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness. Despite this success, HOME has been cut in half in recent years from more than $1.8 billion in 2010 to $900 million in 2015. Last year, HOME saw a modest increase in funding to $950 million, but funding levels are still not robust enough to meet the critical need for affordable housing. That’s why Enterprise and other HOME Coalition members urge Congress to fund HOME in the FY 2017 budget at no less than $1.2 billion.
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Urge Congress to restore HOME funding to at least $1.2 billion. This petition includes the nearly 2,200 organizations that signed the petition last year. If you would like your organization removed, please email Clay Kerchof (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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What You Can Do
You can help support HOME by reaching out to your Members of Congress, educating your community, and making your voice heard. Here are four of the best ways to help protect HOME:
- Call your Representatives and Senators and urge them to restore HOME funding to $1.2 billion.
- Schedule a meeting with your Senators and Representatives or their staff to discuss why HOME is critical to the work that you do.
- Invite your Representatives and Senators to visit your organization, take a tour of a HOME-funded development, or meet a family that used HOME dollars to access safe, decent, and affordable housing.
- Engage your local media by pitching a news story or publishing an op-ed about what HOME means to your community.
Enterprise has created a number of resources you can use and share widely, including:
HOME Success Stories
Local Press Coverage
VTDigger.org, Vermont, January, 12, 2016: Gus Seeling: Leahy Brings Program ‘HOME’
Building HOME Report
On October 28, the HOME Coalition released its new report, “Building HOME: The HOME Investment Partnerships Program’s Impact on America’s Families and Communities.” This first-of-its-kind report analyzes HOME’s economic impact–in terms of leveraged investments, jobs supported, and local income generated–both at the national level and in all 50 states. The report also features more than 100 HOME Success Stories from communities across the nation.
The Building HOME report estimates that HOME has supported nearly 1.5 million jobs and $94.2 billion in local income.
Download a copy of the HOME report, State Fact Sheets, and other resources here.
#SaveHOME Fact Sheet with background information on the HOME program and how the proposed #CapsHurt low-income families, veterans, children and seniors.
HUD Fact Sheet on the proposed cuts to HOME
Sample Press Materials
Sample op-ed for your local newspaper.
National Sign-On Letter, signed by nearly 2,200 organizations from across the county.
Enterprise CEO Terri Ludwig writes to Congressional leaders that “HOME is exactly the type of program that Congress should be investing in, not eliminating.”
Housing Credit Developers urge Congressional leaders to support private investment in affordable housing by restoring funding to HOME.
High-Cost Cities Housing Forum tells Congressional leaders that their communities “cannot afford any further cuts to highly successful, locally driven, and effective federal
housing programs, like HOME.” This group includes the housing commissioners and directors from Boston, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
Mayor of Los Angeles warns Congressional leaders that the proposed cuts to HOME will “drive affordable housing production to a near standstill.”
Mayor of San Francisco urges Congressional leaders to raise the spending caps and fully fund HOME.
National Press Coverage
TIME Magazine Op-Ed calls the proposed cuts to HOME “short-sighted.”
Bipartisan Op-Ed in Roll Call by former Republican Senator Kit Bond and former Democratic HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, arguing that “eviscerating [HOME], as the Senate bill would do, is unthinkable.”
Brandenton Herald op-ed calls on Florida’s Congressional Members to Save HOME.
Los Angeles Times Editorial says that “HOME funds are pretty much the only dollars available each year to help build apartments for low-income and homeless people. It’s time for Congress to start investing in safe, affordable communities again.”
Denver Post Op-Ed argues that “Congress should also be making smart investments in highly successful and effective federal housing programs. Instead, lawmakers have proposed to essentially eliminate HOME, the largest federal block grant to state and local governments to create affordable housing.”
San Diego Union Tribune Op-Ed says that “reducing HOME funding is the wrong policy at a time when the entire country is suffering from an affordable housing crisis.”
Banker & Tradesman op-ed argues that communities cannot afford to lose HOME.
CNN Op-Ed by HUD Secretary Julian Castro urges Congress to increase HOME funding to address the affordable housing crisis.
Local Press Coverage
Bangor Daily News Editorial, Maine, November 12, 2015: 3 ways to help more Mainers afford a place to call home
SavannahNow, Georgia, November 2, 2015: St. Joseph’s/Candler, Savannah help first-time home owner get in the door
The Times-Picayune, Louisiana, October 28, 2015: Budget deal would relieve pressure on affordable housing in New Orleans, elsewhere
The Times-Picayune, Louisiana, October 25, 2015: an in-depth article about what HOME has meant to New Orleans
New Jersey Spotlight, New Jersey, October 23, 2015: Lives in the balance as Congress underfunds housing vouchers
Syracuse.com, New York, Sept. 21, 2015: Schumer Joins Syracuse Vets to Highlight Battle over Housing Funds
Nashville Scene, Tennessee, Sept. 10, 2015: Proposed cuts to a federal housing program slash toward Nashville
RealEstateRama, New York, Sept. 9, 2015: Schumer: Proposed Senate Bill Slashes Critical Funding
WHEC Rochester, New York, Sept. 8, 2015: Schumer, Warren push to save Home Investment Partnership Program
WKRN News 2, Tennessee, Sept. 6, 2015: Home Program funding at risk
WSMV Channel 4, Tennessee, Sept. 4, 2015: Nashville affordable housing program faces cuts
The Tennessean, Tennessee, Aug. 31, 2015: MDHA Says Key Affordable Housing Funds at Risk
Argus Leader, South Dakota, Aug. 24, 2015: Senate Proposal Would Gut Affordable Housing Programs
Saratogian News, New York, Aug. 22, 2015: HUD Cuts A Threat To Those In Need
Times Union, New York, Aug. 21, 2015: Schumer in Schenectady to Talk About Housing Cuts
WBNG 12 Action News, New York, Aug. 11, 2015: CDBG and HOME Funding To Be Cut By Appropriation Bill
Star Gazette, New York, Aug. 7, 2015: Schumer: Federal Cuts Would Be Devastating For Elmira
Star Gazette, New York, Aug. 6, 2015: Proposed Housing Program Cuts Anger Elmira Officials
Ithaca Journal, New York, July 23, 2015: Ithaca Mayor Protests Affordable Housing Cuts
For assistance, please contact Sarah Mickelson (email@example.com) or 202-649-3903. We look forward to working with you to #SaveHOME!