AIDS Project Los Angeles issued this Action Alert Monday morning:
ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Representative to Sign the HOPWA Appropriations Letter April 25, 2011 Help us defend safe and stable housing for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS! We urge you to contact your Representative’s office TODAY and ask that they sign the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) appropriations letter being circulated by Representatives Nadler and Crowley. This vital program supplies financial assistance for the housing of thousands of people living HIV and AIDS who could not afford housing without HOPWA and any cuts would be devastating.
The letter, addressed to the Chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee of the House of Representatives, requests that Congress fund the HOPWA program at $362 million for FY2012. This represents a modest increase from last year’s appropriations simply to keep up with cost of living expenses. Without this increase, or if Congress were to cut funding to this program, people living with AIDS would lose housing, potentially endangering their health and well-being.
Please join us in our effort to urge support for the HOPWA program by contacting your Representative in the House to educate them on the impact any cuts would have on people living with HIV/AIDS! The letter closes on April 28, so please act NOW!
What You Can Do: E-mail or call your Congress Member right now! We’ve already drafted an e-mail for you. If you call, ask to speak to the housing or health staffer and tell them to “protect the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program from funding cuts in the upcoming fiscal year.” Call toll-free to: 1.800.828.0498. When you reach the Capitol Switchboard, ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. If you have trouble getting through with the toll-free number, you can use the regular switchboard number: 184.108.40.20621.