The Administration recently released their proposed 2019 budget (despite still not having a 2018 budget). This proposed budget will deny Section 8 Housing Vouchers, already a barely-available resource, with 5+ year wait lists, to a quarter of a million current recipients. Most of the individuals receiving these vouchers cannot afford housing without them and will be made homeless by this policy.
“Trump wants to cut taxes for the richest of the rich, paid for by raising rents on the poorest of the poor”, comments Deborah Arnold, 54, a minister and community activist and NAHT Vice President from Atlanta, Georgia. “80% of HUD tenant households are led by women. We, too, demand that Congress reject Trump’s vicious assault on the women, children, elderly and disabled people who live in HUD housing.”
There are suggestions to impose “work requirements” on HUD assistance, which perpetuates the myth that poor people are poor because they are lazy – belying a deep misunderstanding of the tenuous grip most middle-class families have on personal and financial security.
The administration asserts that resources can be made available to ramp up our so-called War-On-Terror and to invest in the short-sighted and issue-ignoring Border Wall yet it will purposely and knowingly cast hundreds of thousands of families, elderly, disabled, and even veterans into harms way?
We can do better. We have done better – if only we could get our tax plans, and our safety net, back to 1978 levels. It is possible to grow wealth for individuals and companies while still providing for the most at-risk. California and local Bay Area communities know this to be true, and they are investing in new services, shelter, and housing solutions for those in dire need. But states and municipalities can only do so much without federal leadership and federal funding.
It is easy to feel powerless in cruelty and injustice but we are not:
- To get involved in local organizing on racial and economic justice, visit Greenlining Institute.
- To get involved in local organizing on housing, visit East Bay Housing Organizations.
- To join the fight for criminal justice reform and equal opportunities for returning citizens, contact Tim Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Californians for Safety and Justice.
- If you have unused property that can be repurposed for housing or serving those in need, contact Donald Frazier, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
- Above all…Register to vote!