The news of potential deep cuts and the elimination of key U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Transportation programs central to creating communities of opportunity have planners — and APA — concerned.
While we won’t know for certain what President Trump’s budget will include until the release of his highly anticipated “skinny” budget late next week, there are actions you can take now to voice your support for programs likely on the chopping block in FY 2018.
Here’s our list of ways to show your support for the HUD programs CDBG, HOME, and TIGER:
Sign a National Letter
Join APA in signing a national stakeholder letter to congressional appropriators asking that they provide the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill with the highest funding level possible in FY 2018.
Tell Us Your CDBG, HOME, TIGER Success Stories
The road to a congressional budget resolution is a long one. By sharing how key place-based programs have yielded positive results, APA will be better prepared to make a stand at critical moments in the budget process.
What we’re looking for in a story:
Send us one paragraph about how the use of CDBG, HOME, and/or TIGER encouraged economic growth and provided greater access to opportunity. Include data (i.e. number of affordable housing units, jobs, transportation connections created) when possible.
Send us before and after photos. Pictures are powerful. Provide photos of project sites pre-funding and post-funding. Remember to include captions and the photographer’s name with each shot. By sharing your photos with us, you are agreeing to APA's use of the images online and in print as APA chooses.
Send your story and photos to APA’s Policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick Up the Phone
Call your legislators to tell them the impact of eliminating CDBG, HOME, and TIGER would have on your community. The Capitol switchboard will connect you with any congressional office. Dial 202-224-3121.
Email Your Representative
Earlier this month, APA President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, shared our 2017 legislative priorities with every congressional office. Bolster her message by completing the action alert in our Legislative Action Center. It takes less than two minutes.
APA’s Legislative Action Center is a tool we encourage all APA members to become familiar with. This member benefit will help you easily and quickly connect with elected officials on important matters.
There will be many more opportunities to take action through APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network as we move further into budget season. In the meantime, APA policy staff will continue to work with our contacts and partners across Washington to ensure that you have the insights you need to stay informed.
Top image: Housing near transit in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Flickr user Nick Bastlan (CC BY-ND 2.0).
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Emily Pasi is APA's outreach and communications manager.