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Current Opportunities

Current Advocacy Opportunities

Advocacy is one of our many guiding principles. As such, we affirm that direct services to the homeless will include advocacy, and that the work of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance will include changing institutional policies and practices, training of professionals, policy and legislative change, educating funders, and raising hell when necessary.

Local Advocacy Opportunities

  • Take the Fair Housing Center's Welcome in My Backyard ("WIMBY") Pledge to let local policymakers and the public know that you value living in an open, inclusive, and diverse community and that you welcome all people from all walks of life into your neighborhood.

State Advocacy Opportunities

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  • Consider supporting the following state-level funding increases, as part of the Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2018, to programs that support people experiencing homelessness:
    • A $3.7 million increase for DHHHS Emergency Shelter Program (ESP); shelter reimbursement would go from $12 a day to $16 a day
    • Increase of $150 million for Department of Education for students who are identified as “at-risk”.

If you support the emergency shelter increase, please contact:

Senator Marleau
517-373-2417
jimmarleau@senate.michigan.gov  

 Representative Canfield
517-373-0476
EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov

If you support the at-risk student
increase, please contact:

Senator Hansen
(517) 373-1635
SenGHansen@senate.michigan.gov

Representative Kelly
517-373-0837
TimKelly@house.mi.gov

If you support BOTH budget items, please contact the subcommittee chairs, and:

Senator Hildenbrand
(517) 373-1801
SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov 

Representative Cox
517-373-3920
LauraCox@house.mi.gov 

Federal Advocacy Opportunities

The proposed federal budget for FY 2018 was released at the end of May and it includes deep cuts to many safety net programs that help low-income families across the country access food, healthcare, housing, and more. Learn more about the federal budget cuts here

Overall, the President is requesting $7.4 billion in cuts to HUD, a 15% reduction from 2017 funding levels. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the budget would "increase homelessness and hardship in every state" by raising rents for nearly 4 million low-income households currently receive federal assistance, cutting funding for public housing and Homeless Assistance Grants, and eliminating various programs that provide flexible funding to poor urban and rural communities. 

According to CBPP, in the State of Michigan alone, an estimated 125,200 low-income households - including 90,300 children - would be impacted by the rent increases, placing them in jeopardy of losing their homes if they are unable to pay. 

Take Action TODAY to Oppose Federal Budget Cuts to HUD, by:

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