Milestone: Clallam’s Habitat reps lobby to keep program funding in D.C.

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

Staff from Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County joined more than 350 other Habitat staffers representing 40 states in Washington, D.C., last week, warning legislators that proposed federal cuts will worsen the affordable housing crisis facing Clallam County and other communities across the United States.

Local Habitat staffers met with Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington state during their visit.

“Too many people in Clall am County are already struggling between making their housing payments and buying food for their family,” Colleen Robinson, Executive Director of Habitat Clallam, said. “We are in Washington, D.C. to ask our representatives on Capitol Hill to make greater investments in affordable housing, not less.”

The budget proposed by the White House last week would drastically cut — and in some cases entirely eliminate — funding that communities use to finance the development of new affordable homes, Habitat representatives said.

AmeriCorps (Volunteer Service Program), CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) and USDA 502 Home Loan Program are three of the programs that are essential to Habitat Clallam and “are crucial to our ability to provide safe, decent, affordable housing to low income families in our county,” Habitat Clallam officials said last week.

The White House budget proposal would drastically reduce and could eliminate some funds entirely, they said.

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