National CAPACD Action Alerts
Current Action Alerts
Government policies shape and define what housing can be built and where. Those policies also impact which neighborhoods thrive and which fail; which become destinations and which become mere right of ways for others to travel through. Like other minority communities, Asian American and Pacific Islanders have for too long been either ignored by policy makers or have become the victims of the agendas of others.
National CAPACD seeks to provide a forum for fostering greater participation in the policy making process and to support policy reform that advances building a more inclusive nation.
Previous Action Alerts
If a compromise on deficit reduction is not reached by the end of the year, automatic across-the-board cuts (sequestration) will dramatically scale back federal domestic programs, threatening the social safety net for millions of American families. Further, a series of tax cuts is also scheduled to expire at the end of the year, threatening middle class families with an average annual tax increase of $2,000. These two components – steep spending cuts and abrupt tax hikes – would undermine our nation’s economic recovery while needlessly putting many struggling families at risk.
June 3, 2012 - Remind Presidential Candidates the Housing Crisis Is Not Over
Have you noticed what’s missing from the presidential debate?
Candidates are not talking about the enduring foreclosure crisis. They aren’t even highlighting positive program models that would work nationwide—and there are proven models out there. The nation is hungry for a revival. We seek proactive approaches to ending unnecessary foreclosures and await the day that sensible homeownership makes it back into the national debate.
June 14, 2012 - California AG Settlement Funds in Danger
Governor Jerry Brown has proposed to use a significant portion of funding from the recent National Mortgage Settlement - originally intended for housing counseling, education, and homeowner outreach - to fund other programs.
The California Legislature’s deadline to adopt a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year (starting July 1st) is tomorrow, Friday, June 15th. Senator Mark Leno chairs the Senate’s Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, and could intervene in these negotiations in favor of retaining the $411 million for counseling and education.
January 31, 2012 - Contact Your State Attorney General Today
October 12, 2011 - Save Housing Counseling in the FY 2012 Budget!
In light of the ongoing housing crisis, continued investment in housing counseling is more important now than ever. Congress, however, has completely eliminated all funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Counseling program throughout 2011 and threatens to do so again for 2012.
Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to Save Housing Counseling!
Congress has only a few more days to raise the national debt ceiling or endanger funding for essential services and risk pushing the economy into a deeper recession. And the political crisis could get worse. House Speaker Boehner’s plan would extend the pain and force even deeper cuts next year. As the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities reports, the Boehner deficit proposal would result in “the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.”
We have just learned that Transportation and HUD Subcommittee staff are recommending no funding for HUD Housing Counseling in the FY 2012 Budget. This means that HUD Housing Counseling will be zeroed out for a second year in a row. We all know this will mean tens of thousands of people not served, housing counselor layoffs, and agency closings. You need to act now.
The 2011 Budget - which Congress is voting on this week - will have no funding for HUD Housing Counseling. This means that, in the middle of the housing crisis, the funding which goes to local HUD approved housing counseling agencies, intermediaries, and state housing finance agencies for prepurchase, rental, reverse mortgage, and foreclosure counseling will not be available.
This week the U.S. Senate will vote on cutting or extending funding for all federal programs. On Friday, March 4th, Senate Democrats released their budget alternative to the adopted House bill H.R. 1. The Democratic bill maintains funding for most significant community development related programs but it is likely to be rejected in the first round of voting with additional votes later this week. The new deadline for agreement on a budget to avoid a government shutdown is March 18th.
We write regarding a grave threat to jobs, homes and the well-being of our youth and seniors, a threat that will impact this year’s funding for federal programs. In the next few days, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on HR 1, a bill that the chair of the Appropriations Committee boasts brings about “the largest reduction in non-security [i.e., non-military] discretionary spending in the history of the nation.”
The Obama Administration’s long awaited proposal for the future of the home mortgage markets raises many concerns for minority communities and advocates for equity. The ‘white paper’ issued today proposes to ‘wind down’ the nation’s two largest financers of the home mortgage market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and shift to reliance upon purely private institutions and investors. While the proposal expresses generalized commitments to assure access to home loans for underserved communities and also includes a welcome recognition of the need to support affordable rental housing, these commitments lack specific policy prescriptions.
On Thursday, the newly-seated House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan announced deep proposed cuts to the current FY2011 federal budget, reducing domestic spending to 9% below FY2010 levels (leaving the military budget untouched). The new House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers in turn allocated cuts by spending category, with the deepest cuts to Transportation and Housing agencies. If adopted, these would amount to 17% spending reductions to Transportation and Housing programs. Because these are concentrated in only part of the remainder of this fiscal year it would equal 29% reductions in spending over seven months.