Call on Congress to Raise HUD Funding Levels – Sample Messaging

To increase the amount of money going to HUD to distribute among its programs, contact members of the following committees: House Appropriations CommitteeSenate Appropriations Committee. To increase the amount of money allocated to specific programs within HUD, contact members of the committees below: House THUD SubcommitteeSenate THUD Subcommittee.

If you see your senators and/or representative in the committees above, please call or write them to ask that they increase president’s budget level on these programs. For HOME, please ask them to raise funding to $1.2B. For CDBG, please ask them to increase funding t0 $3.3B. Click here to get your senators/representative’s contact information.

For tips and sample language regarding what to say when you contact your senator(s) or representative, see below:

  • Senator Message (Appropriations Committee):

Hello, my name is ___ and I am a resident of your state. I work for _____, an organization that [INSERT ACTIVITY] in our local communities. Much of our work receives funding from HUD programs, but as funding has declined in recent years, it is becoming more difficult to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Now that Sequester has been suspended, I’m contacting you to ask that you increase HUD’s FY2017 302(b) allocation so that more funding is available for its programs. Please match or exceed the President’s HUD budget proposal of $48.9B. 

  • Senator Message (THUD Sub-Committee):

Hello, my name is ___ and I am a resident of your state. I work for _____, an organization that [INSERT ACTIVITY] in our local communities. Much of our work receives funding from HUD programs, but as funding has declined in recent years, it is becoming more difficult to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

One of the HUD programs with which we have had the most success is [INSERT PROGRAM]. We’ve used the program to [INSERT ACCOMPLISHMENT]. However, this program has been cut by ___ since 2010, making it very difficult to implement. Please return funding to 2010 levels [CLICK HERE TO SEE 2010 FUNDING LEVELS FOR YOUR PROGRAM OF INTEREST]

Additionally, the president’s budget proposes cutting CDBG by $200M. As one of the most flexible HUD programs, both municipalities and community development organizations rely heavily on it to accomplish everything from improving infrastructure and removing blight, to funding community-based youth programs and providing gap funding for affordable housing developments. Unfortunately, at $200M less than either 2015 or 2016 enacted levels, this is the lowest CDBG allocation proposal the President has ever made. It is also 33% lower than 2010 levels ($3.6B). In light of the critical importance of this program, I urge you to exceed the president’s funding proposal and work to increase funding to 2010 levels.

  • Representative Message (Appropriations Committee):

Hello, my name is ___ and I am a resident of your state. I work for _____, an organization that [INSERT ACTIVITY] in our local communities. Much of our work receives funding from HUD programs, but as funding has declined in recent years, it is becoming more difficult to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Now that Sequester has been suspended, I’m contacting you to ask that you increase HUD’s FY2017 302(b) allocation so that more funding is available for its programs. Please match or exceed the President’s HUD budget proposal of $48.9B. 

  • Representative Message (THUD Sub-Committee):

Hello, my name is ___ and I am a resident of your district. I work for _____, an organization that [INSERT ACTIVITY] in [INSERT CITY NAME]. Much of our work receives funding from HUD programs, but as funding has declined in recent years, it is becoming more difficult to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

One of the HUD programs with which we have had the most success is [INSERT PROGRAM]. We’ve used the program to [INSERT ACCOMPLISHMENT]. However, this program has been cut by ___ since 2010, making it very difficult to implement. Please return funding to 2010 levels [CLICK HERE TO SEE 2010 FUNDING LEVELS FOR YOUR PROGRAM OF INTEREST]

Additionally, the president’s budget proposes cutting CDBG by $200M. As one of the most flexible HUD programs, both municipalities and community development organizations rely heavily on it to do everything from improving infrastructure and removing blight, to funding community-based youth programs and providing gap funding for affordable housing developments. Unfortunately, at $200M less than either 2015 or 2016 enacted levels, this is the lowest CDBG allocation proposal the President has ever made. It is also 33% lower than 2010 levels ($3.6B). In light of the critical importance of this program, I urge you to exceed the president’s funding proposal and work to increase funding to 2010 levels.