Action Alerts

Protect HOME for FY2019

HOME champion Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) is circulating a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter asking the House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee to provide at least $1.2 billion in funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019.  


  1.  Contact your Representative in the U.S. House. 
  2. Urge your Representative to sign the "Dear Colleague" Letter supporting HOME program funding by March 13, 2018.


Support the Section 4 Program

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. John Faso (R-NY) are circulating a Dear Colleague letter for Section 4. Section 4 is the only federal program exclusively focused on increasing the effectiveness of community development organizations. LISC, Enterprise Community Partners, and Habitat for Humanity administer these funds. 


  1.  Find your Representative in the U.S. House. 
  2. Contact their housing staffers and urge them to sign the "Dear Colleague" Letter using the sample message below by March 12, 2018

Sample e-mail text:                        

Subject: Section 4 House Dear Colleague Letter: Sign on by 3/12

Dear <<congressional staffer's first name>>:

On behalf of <<name of your organization>>,  I am writing to urge your office to sign the Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Esty (D-CT) and Faso (R-NY) in support of providing funding of $40 million for the HUD Section 4 Capacity Building Program in the FY 2019 THUD (Department of Transportation and Department of Housing  and Urban Development) appropriations bill. We also respectfully ask that your office request funding of at least $40 million for Section 4 in your list of programmatic priorities.

In many neighborhoods and communities in our state, Section 4 funds are able to leverage private sector dollars to create jobs, to build housing, to support small businesses, and to strengthen communities. 1,094 state and local community development and housing organizations throughout the country expressed their support for Section 4 by signing the national sign on letter. Section 4 helps to strengthen the nation’s lower-income rural and urban communities by bolstering non-profit community developers that build and invest there, and is the sole HUD program specifically designed for non-profit capacity building.

Here is the Dear Colleague letter for your review. To sign on or if you have any questions, please contact Matthew Colvin in Representative Esty’s office at [email protected] or Remy Fortin in Representative Faso's office at [email protected] by COB on March 12th.    

While we hope that you will sign this letter to demonstrate your support for this vital program, you can also demonstrate support by weighing in separately with the Chairman and/or Ranking Member of the THUD Subcommittee. Any show of support that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration.
<<Your Name>>