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.
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