Help NAHRO Send 3,400 Letters in the Lame Duck Session
Thanks to your hard work, NAHRO sent over 3,600 letters to Congress during the August recess - 600 letters more than our goal! We need your help again to have an impact on important housing and community development issues that are before Congress this fall.
NAHRO has set the ambitious goal of sending 3,400 letters to Congress during the lame duck session - help us reach that goal by reaching out to your lawmakers today. Visit NAHRO’s Advocacy Action Center to contact your lawmakers today.
Next week, regardless of whether legislators won their races, lost, or are retiring, everyone will return to Washington to complete the unfinished work of the 115th Congress. This is referred to as the “lame duck” session and recently it has been an extremely productive time in Washington. Two major housing and community development issues are likely to be considered during the lame duck session: FY 2019 Transportation-HUD funding and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.
Though the new fiscal year began on October 1, Congress has not yet finalized spending for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD is operating under a continuing resolution until Friday, December 7. This means Congress has to deal with spending in the next few weeks to avoid a government shutdown. The FY 2019 Transportation-HUD spending bill is finalized and ready for a vote, but your voice is needed to ensure that Congress takes action on spending and avoids a government shutdown or an additional continuing resolution.
Additionally, Congress will have to make decisions on tax credits prior to the end of the calendar year, which is a great vehicle for the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Improvement Act (S. 548). This is important legislation that would permanently authorize the 4 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and expand the availability of the credit. Unfortunately, the Senate Republican sponsor of the bill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is retiring and the primary House Republican supporter, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) lost his bid for re-election, so it’s critically important to get the bill approved during the lame duck.
Because we’re only focusing on two letters during the lame duck, we’ll need more advocates to participate than did during the August recess. Please reach out to your lawmakers today and ask your colleagues to do the same. A NAHRO website log-in is not necessary to use the Advocacy Action Center -- anyone with a stake in housing and community development is welcome to send letters.