DuPage Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC, to oppose proposed federal cuts that would exacerbate affordable housing crisis
DuPage Habitat for Humanity joins over 340 Habitat leaders, homeowners and volunteers in Washington, D.C., to encourage members of Congress to support affordable housing
“Too many people in DuPage County are already struggling between making their housing payments and buying food for their family,” said Dave Neary, DuPage Habitat Executive Director. “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, DuPage 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.”
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.