Pascrell signs McKinney Letter

Third from NJ to support $2.2 billion
Congress nears deal to cut budget by $33 billion

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-8) is the third member from New Jersey to sign the House McKinney Sign-On Letter which requests funding of $2.2 billion for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants. With $33 billion in budget cuts expected next week, the support of Pascrell, Andrews and Sires is more important than ever.

The House McKinney Sign-On Letter in addition to requesting funding of at least $2.2 billion for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants would also provide $75 million for HUD-VASH vouchers and $85 million for the HUD-HHS-Education Housing and Services Demonstration vouchers.

He joined Congressman Sires and Congressman Andrews as the only three from NJ to sign the House McKinney Sign-On Letter. Nationally only 35 members of the House of Representatives signed the letter.  Thus, New Jersey comprised almost 10% of the total.

If you are represented by any of the these three call them today to thank them for their support!

Having three members sign the letter is good but may not be enough as Congress and the White House finalize a deal to cut the budget by $33 billion over the next few days.

Now more than ever our members of Congress need to hear from us that with depressed wages, stagnant unemployment, unrelenting housing cost burden, and the lagging pace of the economic recovery this is not the time to be making dramatic cuts in federal spending that directly impacts the lives of the most vulnerable.

Today is the day to call your Representatives as well as Senators Lautenberg and Menendez about importance of providing an increase to McKinney-Vento funding in the final FY 2011 bill. If we do not act now, the final budget deal will make if difficult if not impossible to end homelessness.

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