August Advocacy Reminder: Health and the Capital Fund
We are halfway through NAHRO’s second week of August Advocacy! While members have sent dozens of letters, we are still short of our 2,500-letter goal. Please send an Action Alert today to show your support for adequate funding of the Public Housing Capital Fund.
As Congress works on finalizing appropriations for the FY2018 budget, it is crucial that housing advocates across the country educate members of Congress on the detrimental impacts underfunding the capital fund would have on the long-term sustainability of public housing and the health of its residents.
Because of budget cuts, PHAs have been unable to make necessary repairs to their buildings and, as a result, the health of residents has been negatively impacted. Aging, poorly maintained infrastructure has been proven to cause asthma, respiratory illnesses, and elevated blood-lead levels. It is therefore critical that Congress increases the capital fund so that the health of thousands of residents nationwide can be protected.
Join NAHRO members in voicing your support for the Public Housing Capital Fund by taking action today. Here is what you can do:
1. Join NAHRO’s Preservation and Health Campaign to receive updates, informational material, and advocacy plans. Email John Bohm, Tess Hembree, or Mukta Ghorpadey to connect with a team of over thirty PHAs dedicated to advocating for the capital fund and the health of residents.
2. Send us stories that showcase the impact underfunding has on your agency- email Tess Hembree to share your experiences with public housing.
3. Fill out an Action Alert to help NAHRO reach its goal of 2,500 letters sent to Congress.
4. Actively post to social media to spread the word on the importance of adequately funding the Public Housing Capital Fund – don’t forget to use the #AugustAdvocacy hashtag!
By participating in NAHRO’s August Advocacy, you are contributing to a national movement to address the health crisis facing public housing. Thank you for all your continued efforts in this critical time.