Action Alert: Ask Your Reps to Boost HOPWA Funding!
$470 million needed to provide housing for poor people living with HIV/AIDS
March 14, 2008
"Patron saint of HOPWA" Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) released a programmatic sign-on letter on March 4 to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House THUD Appropriations Subcommittee requesting $470 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program for FY2009 -- the amount required to provide housing assistance to an additional 40,000 low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The President included a recommendation of $300 million for HOPWA in his FY2009 budget representing flat funding from the current fiscal year, which is not enough to make a real dent in fighting homelessness among people with HIV/AIDS.
Here is the challenge: Sign-ons from members of Congress are urgently needed! The deadline for your member to sign on to this critical letter urging the Chair and Ranking members of the House THUD Appropriations Subcommittee to fund HOPWA at $470 million is Wednesday, March 19.
Follow these easy steps to request that your Representative sign on:
The following representatives have already signed on:
Steve Cohen (D-TN)
If your representative is on the list, feel free to still call his or her office and give a hearty thanks! But if not, tell your rep to get a move on! (Afterwards, please e-mail the National AIDS Housing Coalition at email@example.com to let them know your success.
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.