The underfunding of the Public Housing Capital Fund has led directly to a public health crisis. Because of budget cuts, public housing authorities (PHAs) have been unable to make necessary repairs to their buildings. As a result, the health of their residents has been negatively impacted. Poorly maintained and aging infrastructure has been proven to cause asthma, respiratory illnesses, and elevated blood-lead levels. Congress must increase funding the Capital Fund in order to protect the health of thousands of residents nationwide.

NAHRO’s second week of August Advocacy focuses on the harmful effects of this continued underfunding of the Public Housing Capital Fund. The Capital Fund is used for repairing and sustaining rapidly aging public housing infrastructure across the country. Due to deep funding cuts throughout the years, the nation currently faces a nearly $26 billion capital needs backlog, making the job of maintaining safe public housing facilities incredibly difficult.

To address this crucial issue, NAHRO, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority, has begun a Preservation and Health Campaign to demonstrate the harmful impact that Capital Fund cuts would have on the long-term sustainability of public housing and the health of its residents. So far, more than 30 PHAs have joined the campaign.

Take action alongside NAHRO members across the country:

  1. Join the Preservation and Health Campaign to receive updates, informational material, and advocacy plans. Email John Bohm, Tess Hembree, or Mukta Ghorpadey to be added to the team.
  2. The strongest voice in this debate is your own. Send us stories that articulate exactly how your agency would be impacted by funding cuts – email your public housing stories to Tess Hembree.
  3. Send an Action Alert that will educate Congress on this important issue. Last year, NAHRO members sent 1,500 letters to members of Congress. Our goal for this year is to send 2,500. Help us reach this goal by detailing through this alert how underfunding effects your agency.
  4. Lastly, spread the word by posting to social media. Connect with your lawmakers on Twitter and Facebook and encourage them to fully fund Public Housing. Use the #AugustAdvocacy hashtag on your tweets.

Please help ensure that Congress is informed about the dangers of underfunding the Public Housing Capital Fund. As always, thank you for your efforts.

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