Oppose the Sequestration of Federal Funding for Affordable Housing



We the undersigned strongly oppose the sequestration of federal funding for housing and community development programs as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. We urge Congress to halt the non-defense discretionary cuts and to protect key programs that prevent and end homelessness and truly serve the most vulnerable in our communities. We ask that Congress adopt a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes additional revenue and upholds the federal commitments to affordable housing, community development, and ending homelessness.

On any given night, more than 22,000 people are homeless in Washington State. More than 132,000 extremely low-income families in Washington State are spending more than half their income for rent and have trouble affording basic necessities like food and medicine. During the 2010-2011 school year, one in every forty students in Washington State experienced homelessness.

If the mandated cuts are not halted, we expect to see an unprecedented growth in homelessness throughout our state. Preliminary estimates show that funding levels for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance may need to be reduced by an amount equal to 4,040 section 8 housing vouchers in Washington. There is a strong likelihood that for many individuals and families who currently receive assistance, the loss of a housing voucher could result in homelessness. Those cuts will be compounded by just as devastating cuts to other programs that serve these populations including an estimated $5.1M from public housing operating funds, $3.9M from CDBG Formula Grants, $3.6M from Homeless Assistance Grants, and $2.9M from Native American Housing Grants.

Preventing these cuts isn’t just a moral imperative; it is economically wise as well. Generally cuts to housing and community development programs lead to increased costs for federal, state, and local governments as people who had been treated through cost-effective interventions are forced instead to use expensive options such as emergency rooms, jails, and other services.

The sequestration of federally-funded housing and community development programs is directly in opposition to the vision of a Washington and an America where every resident has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. Members of Congress, we ask that you protect our most vulnerable, invest in our communities, and halt the sequestration cuts.




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The ‘Seattle Action Network’

When “Occupy SEATTLE” was given ‘orders’ to vacate the property at Seattle Central Community College recently, we also provide the help with the cleanup!!!!

(NOTE: To help you temporarily until we are setup, on the right side menu under the heading ‘Blogroll’ please click on ‘part time work’, or search ‘craigslist jobs’)

First of all I would like to thank all the good citizens of Seattle and eslewhere, who have bought our candy, soda, and water as a way of our raising funds for the Seattle Action Network Project!

How will The Seattle Action Network help you?

We are currently working to assemble a small staff of people who’s primary priority is to help the homeless find TEMPORARY DAY work. Any work. That is our primary goal, to help the homeless to become more productive in their lives. We will assist them with sending out emails for day jobs, and making phone calls to get those jobs.

We are here to help them be their productive best. We are here to help them secure a better future for themselves and/or their families.

Here is what The Seattle Job Network will offer you within the coming months:
We will have 24 hour access to employers who will hire you, even if part-time.

This website is in a startup stage, so please check back on a daily basis for updates.

Article from 2008 about Seattle’s Homeless: Seattle Battles The Homeless

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More than 49 million Americans — even more than thought — live in poverty, new measure finds

In September, the government reported that a record 46.6 million Americans were living in poverty. But a new report released Monday by the Census Bureau using a more sophisticated method to measure poverty rates has found that the true figure is even higher: 49.1 million, or 16 percent of all Americans…

Source: http://www.yahoo.com