Call your Member of Congress today!
Support the Continuation of Tribal Housing Funds
This week, the White House and the leadership from the Senate and
House of Representatives are in negotiations to create a spending plan
to fund government programs for the remainder of fiscal year FY2011.
This is a critical time for tribes and tribal housing programs to
contact their Member of Congress and urge them to maintain 2010
funding levels for tribal housing programs.
Congress is on its sixth Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund
government programs until April 8, 2011. The CR maintains FY2010
funding levels for most programs, including tribal housing programs.
The House of Representatives passed House Resolution (HR) 1, a
proposal to fund the government for the remainder of FY2011. HR1 makes
substantial cuts to non-security discretionary spending for the
remainder of FY2011, including a $200 million funding reduction to the
Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program.
Reducing tribal housing funding to this level would have a devastating
impact on many of the nation’s most economically disadvantaged
citizens: tribal members living in tribal communities. Tribal housing
programs, in many cases, would have to close their doors and leave
their communities with few if any housing service options.
The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) is encouraging
everyone to call your Member of Congress regarding the importance of
tribal housing programs and urge them to keep funding for the IHBG
program at the FY2010 level of $700 million. Since the current CR
expires on April 8 and the House has passed a funding proposal that
includes a funding reduction to tribal housing programs, it is
essential that you contact your Member of Congress this week.
Urge your Member of Congress to fund tribal housing programs at the
FY2010 funding levels: $700 million for the Indian Housing Block
Grant, $100 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant,
and $3.5 million for training and technical assistance provided by
NAIHC. Find your Congressional representatives and their phone
numbers and addresses here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele…
For more information, please contact NAIHC at 202.789.1754.