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Legislative Alert: Senate Votes Down Rescission Cuts to Affordable Housing Programs

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Earlier today, the Senate voted down the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act in a vote of 48-50. This legislation, which passed in the House, would have cut millions of previously approved funds for affordable housing programs including almost $40 million from public housing, $40 million from rural rental assistance, and $141 million from the Capital Magnet Fund.

 

The measure specifically targeted the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program, which would have prevented public housing authorities from hiring service coordinators to help residents access important resources in their communities. Additionally, the cuts would have affected rural rental assistance programs through USDA, preventing the agency from fully renewing existing contracts and harming rural families across the country. Finally, the Capital Magnet Fund would have seen significant cuts, reducing investments in affordable housing and community development.

 

Thank you for reaching out to your senators and urging a “no” vote on this harmful legislation. Your advocacy efforts have helped prevent millions of dollars in cuts to important affordable housing programs.

 

For a breakdown of the final vote count, click here

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