On Wednesday, July 26, at 11am DC residents will rally at the Capitol with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
It’s part of an effort to stop draconian cuts that the Trump Administration has proposed for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Activists are organizing a National Week of Action under the banner “Our Homes, Our Voices,” and thousands across the country are expected to come out for a series of rallies, teach-ins, HUD site visits, and Congressional meetings.
The Trump Administration has proposed $6 billion in cuts for HUD, which would have devastating and wide-ranging effects. Hundreds of thousands of low-income families would lose their rent vouchers and potentially their homes. Public housing, already in a desperate state of disrepair, would further deteriorate, putting children and families across the country in danger.
In DC, funding for the Home Purchase Assistance Program, the District’s impactful first-time homebuyer assistance, is under threat. 80 percent of HPAP money comes from Community Development Block Grants—a program with bipartisan support that the Trump Administration has proposed eliminating entirely.
Action to oppose these cuts will be crucial, as Congress has so far shown that public involvement (or lack thereof) is the determining factor in its willingness to stand up to the Trump Administration.
You can see the full list of local events here! Be sure to let your enfranchised friends know that they need to call their representatives.