National Solidarity Letter to Rep Ellison on Flawed Funding Plans for Public Housing: Budget Cuts & RHRA

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Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights
Publication Date: 
April, 2011

9 national housing rights organizations and 29 community-based groups came together to highlight 2 drastic proposals to shift funding away from public housing operations to investments in flawed policies that, since the 1970s, have proven to lead to large-scale family displacement and the permanent loss of over 210,000 public housing units.  Ultimately, this shift means further disinvestment by the federal government of its responsibility to provide affordable housing to the private market. 

The letter urges Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) -- who has sponsored a bill to and promoted the use of mortgage financing for public housing -- to strengthen his commitment to ensuring the long-term stability of our homes.  In particular, we asked him:

  1. to support full funding for all HUD low-income housing programs, and
  2. to work with us to explore viable alternatives to mortgage financing in the fight to preserve and expand our public housing stock (such as the possibility of eliminating the mortgage interest deduction for second and vacation homes -- which alone would generate immediate savings of $2 billion/year -- and use those savings to address the funding needs of our vital public housing stock).

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