Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC to Oppose Federal Funding Cuts to Affordable Housing Programs
Feb 15, 2018 06:07PM
● By Paul Spear
San Diego Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC, to oppose proposed federal cuts
that would exacerbate affordable housing crisis in San Diego County
San Diego Habitat for Humanity joins over 340 Habitat leaders, homeowners and volunteers in Washington, D.C., to encourage members of Congress to support affordable housing
SAN DIEGO, CA (FEBRUARY 14)— San Diego Habitat for Humanity President/CEO Lori Pfeiler is in Washington, DC, this week, warning legislators that proposed federal cuts will worsen the affordable housing crisis facing San Diego and other communities across the United States.
“Too many people in San Diego County are already struggling between making their housing payments and buying food for their family,” said San Diego Habitat for Humanity President/CEO Lori Pfeiler. “We are in Washington, DC, to ask our representatives on Capitol Hill to make greater investments in affordable housing, not less.”
The budget proposed by the White House this week would drastically cut—and in some cases entirely eliminate—funding that communities use to finance the development of new affordable homes. The San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity utilizes funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to fund critical home repairs throughout San Diego County, making homes safe, heathy, and accessible. Funds from the Self Help Ownership Opportunity (SHOP) Program fund the construction of new Habitat homes in San Diego County. The White House budget proposal would eliminate those funds entirely.
San Diego Habitat joins more than 340 Habitat leaders, volunteers and homeowners from across the country in Washington, DC, this week to advocate for affordable housing. In meetings over the course of three days with locally elected legislators representing San Diego, Habitat is calling on Congress to set aside the flawed budget proposal and instead work to prioritize solutions that will end the affordable housing crisis.
“There is no question that we are in an affordable housing crisis,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “More than 18 million families are paying more than half of their paychecks on their housing. Leaders in cities and towns across the country are sounding the alarm, because even middle-class workers like teachers can no longer find housing that fits their budgets. We will make sure those voices are heard in Washington this week as we meet with members of Congress.”
TheWhite House’s proposed budget would also eliminate the AmeriCorps program through the shuttering of the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps is a vital component of San Diego Habitat’s work to partner with more families working toward homeownership. Thousands of AmeriCorps members have served their communities in a variety of ways, including more than 10,000 members working through Habitat where they have helped build homes and helped rebuild in disaster-stricken areas.
About San Diego Habitat for Humanity
People in our community partner with San Diego Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
Habitat for Humanity exists through volunteer labor and contributions of money, land and materials, including purchases and donations to the ReStore, Habitat’s discount home improvement retail center. For more information, visit www.sandiegohabitat.org or call 619-283-HOME (4663).
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