Hold Congress Responsible: Protect Federally Funded Programs

Speak up on how important federal resources are to our communities. Email and call Congress today!
(See below for an easy script! Type in your address to find your elected official.)

President Trump's budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year includes over a $3 trillion cut to basic needs programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, assistance for people with disabilities, home heating and cooling assistance, housing aid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, college work-study, and many other services that help low-income people.

The budget proposal would allow states to deny low-income adults access to Medicaid coverage if they are not working or participating in work-related activities. Imposing such “work requirements” severely undermines access to care by instituting unnecessary obstacles that make it more difficult to obtain care. Currently, 8 out of 10 Medicaid recipients are in working families or are working themselves so this is an unnecessary change.

The most vulnerable individuals must be protected and secure in their housing by assuring that they maintain affordable, quality, and comprehensive care through programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP/food stamps. Making it difficult to obtain a basic need such as healthcare contributes to the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Email and call Congress to let them know that cuts to basic-needs program are unacceptable! There is a script at the bottom of this page or you can print a more detailed one here.

For more details about the 2019 budget proposal and other ways you can help, go here: Coalition for Human Needs or National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Phone Script: (If you are hosting a group and want a printable script, visit here.)

Hi, my name is ___________________. May I speak with the staff person that works on housing issues? I am with ___(organization)_______ .
I live and vote in your District. 

I am calling today because there is a shortage of affordable housing in Pennsylvania and in every community around the country. 

The shortage is the direct result of underfunded federal housing programs that don't meet the national need. I am concerned about President’s budget proposal for FY19 because it would put hundreds of thousands of families at risk of homelessness and would hurt every community in our country.

Please ask the legislator to reject the President's budget proposal, and instead invest in programs that are critical to low-income people, including Medicaid, SNAP/food assistance, and affordable housing. Does the Legislator support full funding for HUD programs?

Thank you for your time and your service.