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In February, the White House released the fiscal year 2021 budget request. For the U.S. Habitat network, it included disappointing news, eliminating or significantly cutting federal programs that are key to many Habitat organizations. The President’s budget proposal is the first step in a months-long process of budget legislation. The next step is in the hands of Congress, who holds the final say on the budget.

What Programs are Impacted

Among many programs on the chopping block, there are 4 programs of key concern for Habitat organizations:

Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)

SHOP awards grant funds to eligible national and regional non-profit organizations and consortia to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs for low-income persons and families.
Learn more about SHOP.

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

HOME provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. Learn more about HOME.

Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans

Also known as the Section 502 Direct Loan Program, this program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Learn more about Section 502 loans.

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service. Beaches Habitat for Humanity hosts AmeriCorps members each year, who provide critical leadership and support to our programs. Learn more about CNCS.

Beaches Habitat for Humanity specifically will be impacted by the changes to SHOP and CNCS. The full budget proposal is available as a PDF on the White House’s website.

Now is the Time

Help Habitat let Congress know that programs supporting affordable housing are needed in communities all across the United States. Please contact your members of Congress to let them know these programs matter and ask your network to do that same. Habitat for Humanity International and Voices for National Service have templates available. Submitting a letter to Congress is as simple as filling out a contact form but will have a lasting impact on affordable housing!

Questions?

Contact us locally at Beaches Habitat for Humanity:
advocate@beacheshabitat.org or (904) 241-1222

Contact Habitat for Humanity International, Government Relations and Advocacy:
General inquiries: advocacy@habitat.org
Federal inquiries: EGehl@habitat.org
State and local inquiries: CRuff@habitat.org