[HPN] Affordable Housing Campaign (Housing America)

Randy Shaw thc@igc.org
Wed, 5 Apr 2000 13:17:39 -0700


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Dear Friends,

Housing America is taking on a new challenge, and we thought you might =
be
interested in joining the fray.

As you know, the building of new, affordable housing for low-income
housing is not a project that the politicians in Washington want to
initiate.  It's an unwieldy project that is not politically sexy and
carries a hefty price tag.  But with the numbers of families in
"worst-case" housing swelling to 5.4 million and the private market
driving rents out of range for the working poor while Section 8 vouchers
become increasingly difficult for recipients to use, it is really the
only choice to solve this housing crisis.  We need the federal =
government
to invest in large-scale new construction of affordable housing. =20

We have a great opportunity to make real progress on building new
affordable housing, but we need to capitalize on this opportunity with a
strong grassroots effort.  The Federal Housing Administration recently
announced a budget surplus of $16 billion, $5 billion more than
anticipated.  President Clinton has asked Jacob Lew, director of the
Office of Management & Budget (the White House budget arm), and Andrew
Cuomo, Secretary of HUD, to decide what to do with this $5 billion by
this summer.  In the past, FHA surplus funds have been directed back to
the Treasury for general use, but that is money generated from housing
programs and HOUSING MONEY MUST BE USED TO ADDRESS HOUSING PROBLEMS.  We
need to convince them that there is the political will for new
construction by sending a strong, unified message.

At this point, Housing America has joined forces with National People's
Action and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness
to mobilize grassroots voices across the country.  Together, we are
working to generate thousands of postcards to urge Jacob Lew to =
recommend
building new affordable housing with this $5 billion.  The clock is
ticking so we must get our voices heard quickly and we need your help.

If your organization is interested in gathering postcards, please =
contact
us as soon as possible.  Let us know how many postcards you need and
where we should send them. =20
A decision from Jacob Lew is due by the end of July, so we'll be
delivering postcards to him throughout May and June.  If you can help at
any point and at any level, it will make a signficant difference.

This effort will only be successful with your help.

If you have any questions, please contact me at HousingAmerica@juno.com
or at 212-219-3976.

Sincerely,

Kate Alexander
National Field Coordinator

P.S.
This is only the first step in a long fight for building new affordable
housing, and we'll need your grassroots help throughout the fight.  If
you're not interested in assisting with the postcards but would like to
help in other capacities (i.e. participating in media events, district
meetings, hearings, letter-writing etc.) please let us know.
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Housing America
1673 E. 16th Street, #56, Brooklyn NY 11229
phone:     212-219-3976      fax:     212-965-0053
NEW WEBSITE:  http://www.housingamerica.net

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Washington want=20
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in<BR>"worst-case" housing swelling to 5.4 million and the private=20
market<BR>driving rents out of range for the working poor while Section =
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vouchers<BR>become increasingly difficult for recipients to use, it is =
really=20
the<BR>only choice to solve this housing crisis.&nbsp; We need the =
federal=20
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housing.&nbsp; <BR><BR>We have a great opportunity to make real progress =
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building new<BR>affordable housing, but we need to capitalize on this=20
opportunity with a<BR>strong grassroots effort.&nbsp; The Federal =
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Administration recently<BR>announced a budget surplus of $16 billion, $5 =
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more than<BR>anticipated.&nbsp; President Clinton has asked Jacob Lew, =
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Andrew<BR>Cuomo, Secretary of HUD, to decide what to do with this $5 =
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by<BR>this summer.&nbsp; In the past, FHA surplus funds have been =
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to<BR>the Treasury for general use, but that is money generated from=20
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will for=20
new<BR>construction by sending a strong, unified message.<BR><BR>At this =
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Housing America has joined forces with National People's<BR>Action and =
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National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness<BR>to mobilize =

grassroots voices across the country.&nbsp; Together, we are<BR>working =
to=20
generate thousands of postcards to urge Jacob Lew to =
recommend<BR>building new=20
affordable housing with this $5 billion.&nbsp; The clock is<BR>ticking =
so we=20
must get our voices heard quickly and we need your help.<BR><BR>If your=20
organization is interested in gathering postcards, please contact<BR>us =
as soon=20
as possible.&nbsp; Let us know how many postcards you need and<BR>where =
we=20
should send them.&nbsp; <BR>A decision from Jacob Lew is due by the end =
of July,=20
so we'll be<BR>delivering postcards to him throughout May and =
June.&nbsp; If you=20
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difference.<BR><BR>This effort will only be successful with your =
help.<BR><BR>If=20
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212-219-3976.<BR><BR>Sincerely,<BR><BR>Kate Alexander<BR>National Field=20
Coordinator<BR><BR>P.S.<BR>This is only the first step in a long fight =
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building new affordable<BR>housing, and we'll need your grassroots help=20
throughout the fight.&nbsp; If<BR>you're not interested in assisting =
with the=20
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