This cartoon posted on povertyinsights.org, pretty much sums up the reason why advocating for homeless prevention is so important.
They have a RIGHT.
The Continuing Resolution passed the house with almost 70 amendments to it, cutting down the House GOP proposal of $100 billion in cuts to about $64 billion in non-security funding cuts. If these cuts would go into affect March 5th, Transportation and Housing & Urban Development funding would need to be cut by 36.4% to reach the proposed level.
The cuts in funding for housing are as follows:
- Public Housing Capital fund – 43% cut. This fund helps agencies make repairs for units that house nearly
1.2 million low-income residents.
- HOME Investment Partnerships – 10% cut. HOME provides funding for rental assistance and development
of affordable housing for low-income residents.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – ELIMINATED. Proposed to eliminate all funding that goes
to assisting low-income families that need help paying their cooling and heating bills.
(All of this information is in the link on “Continuing Resolution” above, coming from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.)
Everyone has a right to shelter. Notice the cartoon does not lend itself to saying that all people have a right to own their own home. The reason why the homeless population remains steady because the lack of affordable housing in our nation. Cutting funds from the parts of HUD mentioned above will further this trend and make it more difficult for people to afford shelter.
It is time to call your Senators. Let them know about the importance of funding for the rights of their constituents. Almost 1 in every 5 homeless individuals in Marion County is a veteran. If we can’t at least help provide a right for someone who defended ours, then I don’t know what the next step is.
I am always looking to learn more. I am not an expert on these items by any means, but advocacy starts with conversation. Please comment or question below, so that learning and understanding can take place!