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Transforming neighborhoods, building communities

This October marked not only Housing America Month, but also big anniversaries for two of our members: the Warren Housing Authority (R.I.) and Yolo County Housing (Calif.). Each housing authority celebrated by bringing together its residents, elected leaders, colleagues and regional HUD representatives. Sen. Reed _ Housing America Month

On Monday, Oct. 20, the Warren Housing Authority marked its 50th anniversary by recognizing the foresight Warren community leaders had to make a safe, quality, and affordable home for seniors.

“It was 50 years ago that a group of citizens led by Warren’s own Victor Andreozzi approached the town council and asked to form a housing authority,” said Carol Costa, executive director of WHA.  “Today, we celebrate the pioneers who made this possible; the commissioners who guide our vision; the residents who make this place so lively; the administration and staff who make this place tick and the federal, state and town leaders who keep us in business.”

In attendance were Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), State Sen. Walter Felag, Rep. Jan Malik, Rep. Ken Marshall and national housing officials representing NAHRO, New England Regional Council of NAHRO (NERC NAHRO) and Public Housing Association of Rhode Island (PHARI).

During the luncheon, WHA received citations recognizing its 50 years of service to the community from Sen. Whitehouse, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate.

Rep. Cicilline_Housing America Month tweet

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Yolo County Housing celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of Riverbend Manor. The property was once a school that closed in 1978 and fell into disrepair. In 1984, it was converted to housing for senior and disabled families. Today, the classrooms have been further updated to provide housing for 63 extremely low-income families. Onsite amenities include a ceramics classroom complete with a kiln, community gardens and a lunch program for senior residents.

California State Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and HUD Division Director Melina Whitehead attended the anniversary celebration as well as former students and instructors of the school.  HUD Division Director Melina Whitehead and Lisa Baker _housing america event

NAHRO congratulates both Warren Housing Authority and Yolo County Housing on their years of service to their communities and thanks them for providing safe, quality, and affordable homes for all!

Yolo County Housing

NAHRO Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of CDBG

The Community Development Block Grant program turns 40 years old on August 22- celebrate CDBG with NAHRO by participating in a Twitter town hall and by asking your Representative to co-sponsor a resolution. 

Take to Twitter on Wednesday, August 13th at 2:00 PM ET to show your support for CDBG using the hashtag #CelebrateCDBG.  Retweet CDBG tweets from @NAHRONational, share your own CDBG stories, and tweet at your members of Congress to urge them to co-sponsor H. Res. 668. Visit NAHRO’s Congressional District Contacts page to find a list of Congressional Twitter handles to tweet directly at your legislators.

You can also honor the 40th anniversary of CDBG by asking your Representative to support H Res 668. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) introduced the resolution last month celebrating the goals and ideals of CDBG. Visit NAHRO’s Advocacy Action Center to send a pre-written letter to your Representative asking that they join the resolution as a co-sponsor. 

Help NAHRO Protect HUD Funding in FY 2015- Join Sign-On Letter

The FY 2015 budget process is beginning. Join NAHRO in the fight for increased HUD funding by signing your organization onto a stakeholders letter by March 12 to push for the highest possible funding levels for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill. Visit NAHRO’s Advocacy Action Center to read the letter and sign-on today!

Each year after the President’s budget proposal is released, Congress begins their budget and appropriations process. This process starts with the House and the Senate each drafting their own budget resolution. Those two resolutions are then merged into a single bill – a concurrent budget resolution. The concurrent budget resolution sets the overall amount of money that will be spent in the federal budget in the upcoming fiscal year, known in Washington as a “302(a).” This overall spending level guides appropriators, who are responsible for setting spending levels for specific programs within the federal government.  This year, the 302(a) has already been set by the two-year budget deal approved by Congress in December 2013: the 302(a) for FY 2015 is $1.014 trillion, which is essentially level funding.

Once a 302(a) has been established, appropriators divide that funding between the 12 appropriations bills that make up the federal budget, known as a 302(b). The Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development bill (THUD) is the bill responsible for setting spending levels for all HUD programs.  A low 302(b) level for THUD translates into cuts to critical HUD programs.   

In order to secure the highest possible level of funding for HUD programs, NAHRO has joined together with a large and diverse group of stakeholders who are impacted by the THUD bill. This group has drafted a sign-on letter that reminds appropriators of the importance of programs funded by THUD and urges them to appropriate the highest possible funding level for THUD in FY 2015. This is the third year such a letter has been drafted; last year, more than 2,400 organizations from every state signed the letter and Senate Appropriations THUD Subcommittee Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) brought a copy of the letter with her to the Senate floor to argue for her bill. This year, we are hoping to get 3,000 signatures for this critical letter. Please sign your organization on to the letter today and distribute widely within your networks. Visit the NAHRO Advocacy Action Center to view the letter and sign your organization by March 12.