National Housing Fund Needed

The Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee on May 13th proposed to eliminate all of the 2016 funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). Empower Missouri strongly supports the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and has written a letter to Sen. Roy Blunt as a member of the Senate THUD Subcommittee, asking him to reject any effort to reduce, divert, or eliminate funding from this important housing development program.

The NHTF is the only federal program that provides new money specifically to expand the supply of rental housing affordable to extremely low income (ELI) families, who in most of the country earn less than the federal poverty level. In Missouri, there is an absolute shortage of 127,833 housing units affordable and available to ELI families. This shortage is the primary cause of homelessness, which is one of the many reasons why the NHTF – and its targeting of this specific shortage – would be so valuable to our state.

To learn more about what the NHTF can do for Missouri and other states, see the informative video at:

Please let Sen. Blunt know of your support for NHTF.


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