The National Low Income Housing Coalition comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget to be voted on today in the Senate (and has passed the House this afternoon). Including a 6.4% decrease in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the cuts would decrease affordable housing in the U.S.:
These cuts, amounting to $2.8 billion in HUD program funding, will result in low income households losing access to affordable housing. Deferred maintenance will put current subsidized housing residents at risk of living in substandard housing units. Even more units will be lost from HUD’s aging subsidized housing portfolio, which already loses 10,000 units per year due to attrition caused by unfunded maintenance needs. Communities will not be able to create the employment opportunities, economic activity or services desperately needed by low income households.
You can work to see that cuts like these aren’t continued in the 2012 budget by sending a letter to your members of Congress.