Online Action Center

Welcome to VHA’s online action center. See below for a list of recent online advocacy opportunities.

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Tell House General Laws Subcommittee #4 members to support SB822

B822, a bill that would prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Virginia passed the Senate two weeks ago with your help! Now we need to let the members of House General Laws Subcommittee #4 know that there is strong support for this bill and the time to extend housing protections to same sex couples is now!

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Support Budget Amendment to Fund Permanent Supportive Housing

Senator Howell and Delegate Yost have introduced a budget amendment (Item 315 #2) that would provide an additional $10 million for PSH in FY18. Please contact members of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees to urge them to support this budget amendment.

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Contact Your Legislator to Prohibit Housing Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The Virginia Fair Housing Law currently outlaws a variety of discriminatory housing actions because of someone’s membership in eight protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, familial status, or elderliness. Now is the time to add “sexual orientation” and/or “gender identity” to that list of protected classes!

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Protect, Expand, and Strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

The Housing Credit has financed nearly 3 million apartments since 1986, which have provided roughly  6.7 million low-income families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities homes they can afford.

Tell your legislators to protect the low-income housing tax credit!

 

Ask Senators Warner and Kaine to Co-Sponsor the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016

Fill out your information below to ask our Senators Warner and Kaine who both are supporters of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to consider co-sponsoring this bill that would expand one of the most effective tools for affordable rental housing production in the nation.

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Urge Senate and House Subcommittees to include $10 million a year for the HTF in their Budgets

We are now half way through the 2016 General Assembly Session with today marking “crossover,” the time when bills that have passed the House cross over to the Senate for consideration and vice versa. Next week is a critical juncture in the session with the Senate and House releasing their biennial budgets next Tuesday, the 21st. These budgets frame the discussion going into final budget negotiations, so it is crucial that the Housing Trust Fund receive a strong allocation in each chamber. The members of Senate and House subcommittees need to hear from you this week on your support for the fund.

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Click here to tell the House committee members to vote for LGBT Housing Protections!

A number of bills that would prohibit housing discrimination (and in some cases employment discrimination) based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Virginia (HB 300 – Simon/Taylor, HB 913 – Toscano, HB 1005 – Levine), will be heard in General Laws Subcommittee #4 this afternoon.

Last week, we got the great news that the Senate version of the bill passed out of committee and the full Senate with your help! Now we need to let the House know that there is strong support for these bills and the time to extend housing protections to same sex couples is now, not next year, or in 5 years, but today!

If you believe that a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity should not limit where they are able to live, take action TODAY!

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Tell Senate Finance Members to Vote Yes on SB 105!

Tomorrow the Senate Finance Committee will vote on Senator Locke’s bill, SB105. The bill would establish a sustainable revenue source for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund from the surplus of state Recordation Tax collections, tying the size of contributions to the fund to the health of the housing  market. It is time to establish a revenue source that will allow the fund to help meet the housing needs of more Virginians!

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Take Action to Support Sensible Housing Assistance Reforms!

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act, tomorrow. This legislation would make numerous common sense improvements to housing programs including public housing, housing choice vouchers, and project- based rental assistance.

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Tell Your Senator to Support SB67

A bill that would prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Virginia (SB67 – Wexton), passed out of committee on Monday and will be read on the Senate floor this week. If you believe that a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity should not limit where they are able to live, your Senator needs to hear from you TODAY!

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Urge your Senators and Congressmen to permanently extend the LIHTC rates.

The House, Senate and White House have begun negotiations on legislation to extend dozens of expired tax provisions, with the goal of passing a tax extenders bill by December 11. One of the main issues they are debating is whether and which tax extenders will be made permanent.

The Senate Finance Committee approved a two-year tax extenders bill this summer, which would extend the minimum 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) rate for new construction and substantial rehabilitation, establish a minimum 4 percent Housing Credit rate for the acquisition of affordable housing and extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) on a temporary basis. The House has instead considered expired tax provisions individually for permanent extensions. Congressional and administration leaders are currently considering how to combine the two approaches – extending some provisions temporarily and others permanently.

Now is the time to make the case to your members of Congress that if any tax extenders are made permanent, minimum Housing Credit rates and the NMTC should be among them.

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Tell Senators Kaine and Warner you oppose severe cuts to the HOME Program.

The FY16 appropriations bill that passed out of the Senate THUD subcommittee yesterday morning preserves the National Housing Trust Fund but drastically cuts the HOME program. The treatment of the NHTF in the Senate is a positive step after the House THUD bill released last month seeks to raid the NHTF in order to avoid cuts to HOME. The Senate bill would also provide funding to continue “assistance to all families currently served” by the public housing and housing choice voucher programs. However, in order to do this within the sequester budget caps, the bill cuts the HOME program by 93% from $900 million to $66 million!

This cut is unacceptable and highlights the dire need to lift the spending cuts set by sequestration. Each of these programs, especially the NHTF and HOME, serve different purposes and constituencies. Trading off among programs leaves unacceptable gaps in housing choices in the state.  HOME projects target renters at 30-80% of area median income while the NHTF is the only federal housing program targeted at extremely low income renters at 30% of AMI and below. Despite its long record of success, Congress has already disproportionately reduced HOME funding in recent years, cutting it 44 percent since FY 2011.

Our Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are supporters of housing but they need to hear from constituents that this is an important issue. Please click the link below to send them a message. If you work with the HOME program, please add in your experience with the program and why it is so critical for Virginians.

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