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DuPage Habitat opposes proposed federal cuts that would exacerbate affordable housing crisis in DuPage County

DuPage Habitat encourages members of Congress to support affordable housing

Dear Editor,

This week I am in Washington, DC, warning our elected officials that proposed federal cuts would worsen the affordable housing crisis facing DuPage County and other communities across the United States.

Too many people in DuPage County are already struggling between making their housing payments and buying food for their family. 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. DuPage Habitat uses funding from The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to purchase and develop new homes for low to moderate-income families in DuPage. DuPage Habitat also uses funding from the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to help existing homeowners in the community rehab their homes. The White House budget proposal would eliminate those funds and have a direct impact on the lives of the families who would like to purchase an affordable home through our homebuyer program.

DuPage 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 with legislators including Congressmen Bill Foster and Peter Roskam and Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, we are calling on Congress to set aside the flawed budget proposal and instead work to prioritize solutions that will end the affordable housing crisis.

According to DuPage County officials, "the most common housing problem in DuPage County is the cost burden of owning a home“. In DuPage, 36,008 owner households are cost burdened, paying more than 30% of income toward housing, and 22,380 owner households (18% of county households) pay more than 50% of income toward housing. This causes instability; increases the risk of homelessness for these families; and leaves few family resources for health care, healthy food, and education. We will make sure those voices are heard in Washington this week as we meet with members of Congress.

The White 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 DuPage 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.

Sincerely,

 

Dave Neary, Executive Director

DuPage Habitat for Humanity

 

About DuPage Habitat for Humanity

DuPage Habitat was founded in 1995 by Dick and Florence Nogaj as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, Christian movement dedicated to building and selling homes in partnership with limited-income, working families. Governed by a local volunteer board of directors, DuPage Habitat lowers homebuilding costs by relying primarily on volunteer time to build and renovate homes, to run many of our critical operations and to provide supportive services to our partner families.  Since 1995, DuPage Habitat has partnered with the community to serve 141 families to date through affordable homeownership and critical home repairs across DuPage County.

 

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