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From our friends at the National AIDS Housing Coalition
Ask your Representative to OPPOSE the Proposed Cuts to HOPWA in FY15 & Register Now for the May 22nd HOPWA Formula Modernization Webinar
On Wednesday, May 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) marked up its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The HOPWA program is funded at $303 million, representing a cut of almost $30 million dollars from the FY14 budget and far below the President’s request of $332 million.
We need YOUR help because this funding level is unacceptable and will mean serious cuts to our programs! Please contact your representatives RIGHT AWAY and urge them to work with the Appropriations committee to ask for a FY2015 funding level at the Community Ask of $350 million, or at a minimum, the amount in the letter circulated by Congressmen Nadler, McDermott, and Crowley requesting a budget for FY15 of $335 million.
In FY2014, HOWPA received an appropriated level of $330 million. This number and the House letter request do not represent a budget that will meet the community’s actual need; however, they would provide at least the minimum to maintain current services provided by HOPWA program.
Until May 18, Representatives are at home in their districts. This is a great opportunity to reach out to them at their home offices and ask them to support HOPWA programs or invite them to visit your program and see the importance of HIV/AIDS housing firsthand.
What Else You Can Do:
1. Call your Representative’s Washington, DC offices RIGHT AWAY. Ask to speak to the staffer who handles housing issues. Congressional office phone numbers can be found by calling the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121.
2. Explain the importance of HOPWA and why it is important for Congress to increase funding for the program moving into FY2015.
3. Please let us know the outcome of your outreach by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, your voice is the most important in letting your Member know the importance of HOPWA in your community.
Thank you for all that you do,
The National AIDS Housing Coalition
~~MAY 22nd: HOPWA Modernization Webinar~~
Join the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC), the Southern AIDS Coalition, Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance for a community discussion on the formula modernization proposal for the Housing for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).
The President’s FY15 budget proposal included significant changes, such as, the addition of new short-and medium-term housing interventions, assistance for homeless persons, and increased administrative fees. Additionally, the update included a momentous change to the HOPWA funding formula.
Partners from NAHC, AIDS Alabama, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and AIDS United will share an overview of the HOPWA changes, present community perspectives from differing jurisdictions, and provide context of the current political landscape. The webinar will end with a Q&A session and opportunity for comment, with the goal of building community input and consensus on a fair and equitable way to implement changes to the HOPWA funding formula.
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