For immediate release
October 6, 2015
Alliance Calls for US Senators Baldwin and Johnson to Help Restore Funding for HOME Program
Milwaukee, WI — Today, the NeighborWorks® Alliance of Wisconsin members sent a letter to US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson asking for their support of increasing funding for the HOME Investment Partnership program (HOME) when it comes before the full Senate for a vote.
“HOME funding is critical to the work we do here in Wisconsin,” said Noel Halverson, executive director of NeighborWorks® Green Bay and Chair of the Alliance. “In the federal budget for 2015, Wisconsin was allotted almost $17 million in HOME funds, but with the proposed cuts, Wisconsin would receive just over $1 million. That would mean fewer Wisconsin families buying homes and less renovation of blighted houses in at-risk neighborhoods.”
In his 2016 Budget Request, President Obama requested $1.06 billion for the HOME program. HOME has been slashed by 50 percent in recent years by Congress from $1.8 billion in 2010 to $900 million in 2015. This year, the United States House of Representatives proposed to appropriate just $767 million to HOME or 58 percent less than in 2010. Meanwhile, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee cut the funding for Fiscal Year 2016 to just $66 million, a tremendous difference from the level passed by the House of Representative.
“We urge Senators Baldwin and Johnson to do everything they can to help restore full funding for the HOME program in the federal budget,” added Halverson. “We cannot afford any further cuts to highly successful, locally driven, and effective federal housing programs, like HOME. Our families and communities deserve better.”
To read a copy of the letter and learn more about HOME, click here.
About NeighborWorks® Alliance of Wisconsin
NeighborWorks® Alliance of Wisconsin is a network of six member organizations affiliated with NeighborWorks® America. These organizations provide a variety of services to individuals and families to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.