April 3, 2007
The Bush Administration is proposing deep cuts to a critical federal program that develops supportive housing for people with disabilities, including severe mental illness. Specifically, the President is proposing a $112 million cut to the HUD Section 811 program, reducing funding from it current FY 2007 level of $237 million, down to $125 million.
NAMI is working hard to oppose this devastating cut to a program that provides grants to community-based non-profit to develop supportive housing that serves non-elderly people with serious disabilities.
Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) are currently circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to Senate leaders urging that funding for the HUD Section 811 be restored for FY 2008. Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their Senators and urge them to sign on to the Kohl-Smith Dear Colleague letter in support of the HUD 202 and HUD 811 programs. All Senate offices can be reached by calling 202-224-3121.
For background information on the Bush Administration’s proposal to impose deep cuts on Section 811, click here.