Politicians have decided to permanently redirect 66% of the state's affordable housing fund to other areas of the budget. This is unacceptable!
The idea of permanently redirecting two-thirds of the housing trust funds is concerning in the midst of a lingering pandemic. Housing has been our refuge, office, childcare and more. Essential workers, our first and last line of defense, would be left with one less option to secure housing without down payment or rental assistance.
Affordable housing IS a priority now more than ever. Affordable housing IS a priority for the elderly on fixed incomes and low-income families. Affordable housing IS a priority for teachers, firefighters, first responders and others who serve our communities. Our essential workers have guided us through the pandemic, and the housing trust funds should be available to help them achieve the American dream of homeownership.
In 1992, lawmakers created a dedicated trust fund for housing purposes. HB 5401 and SPB 2512 would permanently change this dedicated funding source.
Contact your leaders today and tell them to honor the intended purpose of the trust funds and support affordable housing by voting NO on HB 5401 and SPB 2512!