Check the article above to learn more about the proposed cuts to affordable housing funding, then write or call your congressmen to urge them to maintain adequate funding for HUD programs. (Although the article references the Roanoke Habitat affiliate, Rockbridge Habitat relies now. and in the past on each of the programs to assist its buyers and support construction projects.)
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. HOME is the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.
U.S. Congress members for the Rockbridge area:
Tim Tim Kaine: 202-224-4024; kaine.senate.gov
Mark Warner: 202-224-2023; warner.senate.gov
Bob Goodlatte: 202-225-2681; goodlatte.house.gov
Phone calls and letters are most effective vs. e-mail. Let us know when you make your contact!