Funding for affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs is under attack.

We’re asking your organizations to join Housing Action Illinois and advocates from around the country in signing a letter urging Congress to lift harmful spending caps and to provide the highest level of funding possible for these programs. Then spread the word: ask other organizations in your network to sign on by March 3.

What’s happening?

The Trump Administration is preparing dramatic cuts to the federal budget to reduce spending by over $10 trillion over 10 years, while also promising to increase defense spending and cut taxes that predominantly benefit wealthy Americans. Severe budget cuts will largely fall on critical safety net and other essential programs, including affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs that help raise families out of poverty—programs that are already facing devastating cuts in the upcoming budget year because of the very low spending caps required by law.

Why is this so important?

Congress should not balance the budget on the backs of low income families. With more households struggling to make ends meet—and our nation’s affordable housing and transportation infrastructure deteriorating—we cannot afford funding cuts to the very programs that sustain our communities and help families thrive. The Department of Transportation and HUD help more than 5 million seniors, people with disabilities, and other families afford stable and safe housing, promote economic mobility, build critical transportation infrastructure, and spur economic development in our communities. Through these investments, we can reduce homelessness and housing instability, improve our nation’s infrastructure, and encourage economic growth and job creation.