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Habitat Responds to Proposed Budget Cuts

The 2018 fiscal year budget request released by the White House today has some pretty big consequences in the Fox Cities. Below is more information on how it could change the work Habitat for Humanity does.
 Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity faces loss of funding with White House fiscal year 2018 budget
 
Habitat urges Congress to protect social safety net programs that support affordable homeownership opportunities
 
Menasha, WI (May 23, 2017) – The White House today released its full fiscal year 2018 budget request, which proposes to eliminate funding for programs that further Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to address the affordable housing crisis in the Fox Cities and across the United States. 

AmeriCorps National member with Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, Dennis Lahti, presents the house keys to the Lee Vue family at their home dedication this spring. With the proposed cuts, Habitat would lose the opportunity for direct service, sustainable practices and capacity building that the Corporation for National and Community Service provides through AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps National member with Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, Dennis Lahti, presents the house keys to the Lee Vue family at their home dedication this spring. With the proposed cuts, Habitat would lose the opportunity for direct service, sustainable practices and capacity building that the Corporation for National and Community Service provides through AmeriCorps members.

 
Proposed cuts include the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership Program, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. These vital programs allow Habitat organizations nationwide, as well as other organizations, to empower more people to access all-too-rare opportunities for affordable homeownership and help provide the tools they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. These funds are critically important to low-income families in the Fox Cities seeking to break the cycle of poverty for their family.
 
Fox Cities Habitat encourages its supporters and all advocates for affordable housing to contact their members of Congress and urge them to support adequate funding for these critical programs in the fiscal year 2018 budget. 
 
Statement from Executive Director, John Weyenberg:
 
“Each day we see the benefits to these programs in the work we do here locally in the Fox Cities. With these programs now in jeopardy, too many of our neighbors will be denied access to the tools they need to help build better lives for themselves and generations to come. Decent, affordable housing provides the stability individuals and families need to improve their health and education, enhance their financial growth and security, and strengthen their neighborhoods.” 
 
These tangible, practical and fruitful investments play an important role in furthering the reach of Habitat’s work, and the organization calls upon elected officials to not lose sight of the effectiveness and significance of these programs in communities large and small as they consider this White House budget request.
 
For Habitat for Humanity, this is a moral issue, not simply a budget one. Helping more people build and improve decent places to call home only serves to strengthen the fabric and economies of the cities and towns in which we all live and work.  
 
About Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity
The Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity mission is to increase access to safe, decent and affordable housing and to create opportunities for low-income families to develop equity and independence through home ownership. Fox Cities Habitat has worked with more than 1,000 families since 1993. In 2017, more than 200 families will be empowered through our innovative and diverse housing solutions including Almost Home, Bridge to Better, Rock the Block Neighborhood Revitalization, Home Rehab, New Home Construction and Global Homebuilding programs. Families in these programs inspire community-wide action to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, head to FoxCitiesHabitat.org.

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