Faith in Action: October 16, 2022 – Tell Congress: Fund Affordable Housing NOW!
Each week at All Saints Church we put our faith into action. This week we are calling on our representatives in Congress to expand and fully fund housing programs to address the growing affordable housing crisis across the country.
With just a few months left in the year, Congress has its job to do and address the housing crisis.
According to recently released US Census Bureau survey data, 43% of households with incomes of $50,000 or less were affected spend more than half of their income on rent. As a rule of thumb, your housing costs should not exceed 30% of your gross income. But with rising housing costs and stagnating wages, this is becoming increasingly unattainable. At the moment, a full-time employee must earn $25.82 per hour to afford a modest two bedroom rental home and $21.25 per hour to afford a modest one bedroom rental home.
No wonder Eviction rates are back to pre-pandemic levels, with Black and Hispanic Americans disproportionately facing the highest rates. We are in a severe crisis of affordable housing, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, skyrocketing inflation and corporate greed. Private equity firms continue to disrupt local housing markets, raising rents and failing to make necessary repairs. Congress must act now and fund programs that will provide people with shelter and help prevent evictions.
The time for Congress to act is now. We demand:
- An extension of the housing vouchers to at least another 200,000 households.
- Significant funding to maintain and operate public housing ($5.125 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund and $5.06 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund).
- $3.6 billion for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants program to meet the needs of people affected by homelessness.
- $100 million for legal assistance to prevent evictions.
- $300 million for the competitive tribal housing program, aimed at tribes with the greatest needs.
So many people are suffering because of inflation and multiple public health crises. It is imperative that Congress pass this law for communities to thrive.
Options for action:
- Sign up for the letters at the action table in front of the church on Sunday morning.
- Download a copy of the Action Letter for you to sign and mail.
Action letter if you live in California — Action letter if you live outside of California
- Click on it Link to the Americans for Financial Reform campaign.
Click here for the comparison table for the California 2022 nominations
The election is on November 8th. Postal ballots have been mailed to all registered voters. If you did not receive a ballot and believe you should have, contact your county electoral register. If you live in Los Angeles County, call (800) 815-2666 or email [email protected].
The last day you can register to vote online is October 24th. However, you can register in person at a voting center up until Election Day. And don’t forget, on Sunday, November 6th, we march to the ballot box! Save the date and cast your vote at City Hall in Community with Team All Saints GOTV (Get Out the Vote)! As George Regas used to say, “It is a sin not to vote.”