“Have a Heart, No More Cuts” Actions
Valentine's Day 2013 Report
The “Have a Heart” campaign demanding “No More Cuts, Tax the 1%, Redirect Pentagon Spending, Invest in Jobs” was initiated by the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT), a national tenant-led organization working since 1992 to preserve affordable housing and protect tenants' rights, and local NAHT affiliates and allies in 14 cities. NAHT invited allies in community, peace and labor organizations to join in the local actions listed below.
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Budget for All Referendum
The Federal Budget: What Does it Mean to You? And What Can You Do About It?
Listen to Michael Kane and Molly Hannon on Free School University Radio
discuss the Budget for All Referendum Campaign
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In November 2012, Massachusetts voters voted overwhelmingly to support a progressive alternative approach to the federal budget, similar to the platform proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus "Budget for All" proposed by the CPC in 2012. The measure passed by a 3 to 1 margin in each of the 91 cities and towns where it appeared on the ballot, in 1/3 of the state, including all of Greater Boston. It sends a powerful anti-austerity message to Washington to take these principles into account, when addressing the federal deficit and budget.
NAHT's local affiliate, the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, helped initiate and pass the referendum in a coalition with other community, peace and labor organizations. MAHT helps coordinate the Budget for All Campaign in Massachusetts, which has continued to demonstrate and organize in support of these principles.
The Referendum urged Congress and the President, when addressing the federal budget and deficit, to: "Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, and housing, food and unemployment assistance; Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services; Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the Afghanistan war and bringing U.S. troops home safely now."
Go to the Budget for ALL Referendum Campaign website for more information.
NAHT Wins Legislation to Save At Risk Housing in HUD Appropriations Bill for 2012!
The Final Fiscal Year 2012 HUD Appropriations Bill includes two important amendments sought by NAHT in the past year.
Fresh in the wake of NAHT”s successful “Have a Heart, Save Our Homes” campaign in early 2011 (see below), Congress fully funded Project Based Section 8 for FY 2012 and mostly funded Public Housing Operating budgets and Section 8 Vouchers as well. However, NAHT’s ally, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, has concluded that Section 8 Vouchers will be underfunded by $100 million, potentially displacing several thousand tenants, and there are deep cuts to the Public Housing Capital Fund, which pays for repairs in Public Housing.
NAHT Board members and local affiliates won these two key provisions in 2012 Appropriations bill
VICTORY! HUD Tenants and Allies Rally
Nationally To Stop Drastic Cuts to
Section 8 & Public Housing for the FY2011 Budget!
Tenants Across the Country Tell Congress to “Have a Heart—Save Our Homes!" Our coordinated actions worked! After the Senate passed its version of the budget, and the House and Senate worked together to create and approve a final budget, the cuts to the HUD budget were minimal. Read the full story here.
Click here for Summary Report of the campaign and links to media aricles
Press Release: Have a Heart Press Kit
NAHT's Latest Newsletter!
Click on the link below, download to print out and distribute to your tenant union members!
Winter 2011 NAHT Newsletter
NAHT Wins HUD Action to Advance Tenants' Right to Organize
Victory! HUD Tenant Leaders participating in this year's Save Our Homes Conference in DC gained an updated "Right to Organize" advisory from Deputy Assistant HUD Secretary Carol Galante, which was sent out to all HUD-subsidized property owners and agents this summer.
Since 1992 NAHT had fought to get HUD to define the right to organize and finally in 2000 NAHT won its struggle when HUD published the right to organize regulations. Or so we thought. But until recently, HUD had done little to educate property owners and managers about the policy.
So in 2009, NAHT proposed to HUD that a letter be issued highlighting the regulations and spelling out that tenants have the right to doorknock, disseminate leaflets and flyers; hold meetings; and invite outside organizers - all without interference from management and property owners.
Assistant Secretary Galante published the letter this summer based on NAHT's proposals, with a follow up letter issued in August clarifying that the right to organize regulations applied to HUD mortgage assisted multifamily buildings; project-based Section 8 buildings; and Enhanced Section 8 Vouchers.
This is a tremendous step forward for tenants rights because the word is getting out to managers and owners who often have been unaware of the right to organize regulations.
Building owners and managers across the country have now been strongly reminded that HUD tenants have the RIGHT TO ORGANIZE.
Download the most recent HUD letter and use it at your meetings
NAHT is now working with HUD to develop a system of assessing fines for noncompliance with the right to organize regulations; a task force has been formed. Contact the NAHT office if you would like to get involved: 617.267.2949
NAHT TESTIFIES ON PRESERVATION BILL
NAHT was one of five organizations in the country invited to testify on the latest Preservation BIll before the House Financial Services Sub-committee on Housing and Community Opportunitychaired by Representative Maxine Waters.
On the morning of March 24, 2010, Ricky Leung, NAHT's current Vice President (East) and president of the Cherry Street Tenants Organization in Manhattan, gave testimony on Affordable Housing Preservation and Protection of Tenants urging the Sub-Committee to restore the Right of First Purchase to the bill, which currently has been replaced by a weaker First Right of Refusal. This is a NAHT priority that is supported by committee member Rep. Gutierrez and 11 other Committee members, who signed a strong letter to Maxine Waters in support of restoration of the Right of First Purchase.
To view Mr. Leung's written testimony and to access the webcast go to this url:
(special instructions: after clicking on this link, look for the letters cem in the URL and change the c to d to make it read dem; click enter; there you are.)
Background of Preservation Bill and NAHT's Role
From 1990 to 1996, HUD’s Title VI Preservation Program preserved more than 90,000 affordable apartments by requiring owners to refinance or sell their at-risk HUD developments as affordable housing. Since Congress repealed the Title VI regulatory program in 1996, the US has lost more than 400,000 affordable apartments as owners have converted to market rate housing.
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NAHT In THE NEWS
The winter 2010 issue of Shelter Force magazine highlights the expiring mortgage crisis and successful organizing by the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) and NAHT in response. Shelterforce is the nation’s oldest continually published housing and community development magazine. For more than three decades, Shelterforce has been a primary forum for organizers, activists, and advocates in the affordable-housing and neighborhood revitalization movements. Shelterforce is published by the National Housing Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America.
View the article here