*Updated* This Saturday, HB 1277, which would create an ongoing emergency rental assistance program and fund operations and maintenance for permanent supportive housing, is scheduled for a vote in the Ways & Means Committee! This is arguably the bill’s biggest hurdle yet, and we need a big push to move it out of committee and to the Senate floor.
Simultaneously, we need a big push to enact a big, bold and visionary budget for affordable housing and homelessness! The Senate Capital Budget invests $205 million in the Housing Trust Fund and $90 million in rapid acquisition of properties for emergency shelter and affordable housing – we need the House to match these Senate capital investments. Meanwhile, the House Operating Budget is bold and visionary, it increases funding for the Housing & Essential Needs rental assistance program, provides over $1 billion in emergency rental assistance, funds homeless shelter capacity grants with $35 million, increases funding for operations and maintenance of permanent supportive housing, increases funding for the Anchor Communities Initiative and more! Advocacy is needed to push the Senate to match these appropriations. The Senate Capital Budget proposal and the House Operating Budget proposals reflect historic investments for housing and homelessness - but we need to speak up now to ensure that the high water marks make it into the final budgets.
We need your help to make this happen. Will you please email your lawmakers and ask them to pass HB 1277 and make bold investments in the budget? You can do so by completing the form to the right. Of course, customizing your emails can make your messages more personal and compelling!