Action Letter Archive 2020

This new page archives the action letters sent by the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition in a single location, organized by date.

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is a broad, voluntary coalition working to improve housing conditions nationwide through education and outreach to key national stakeholders and federal public decision makers. The coalition promotes policies for safe and healthy housing in the United States with special emphasis on those who are disproportionately impacted.

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2020

May 1: Appropriations Letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to Support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Extract: The current COVID-19 crisis has wreaked a heavy social and financial toll on the U.S. The pandemic is forcing more individuals, families, and children to remain homebound, increasing their exposure to housing hazards. As you consider the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bill, we urge you to continue to support the vital work of the Center for Environmental Health at CDC. We know the CDC effectively responds to a wide variety of crises, as we are seeing now. However, lead is its own tragic decades-long crisis. In response to this, we recommend increased funding for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program from $37 million to $100 million, increased funding for the National Environmental Health Tracking Network from $34 million to $40 million, and increased funding for the National Asthma Control Program from $30 million to $34 million. All of these programs work to protect children and others from housing-related health hazards.

May 1, 2020, letter to Representative Rosa DeLauro and Representative Tom Cole.
May 1, 2020, letter to Senator Roy Blunt and Senator Patty Murray.

May 1: Appropriations Letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to Support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Extract: The current COVID-19 crisis has wreaked a heavy social and financial toll on the U.S. The significance of these programs is more important than ever as millions of Americans are currently homebound in response to the ongoing pandemic. As you consider the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bill, we urge you to continue to support the vital work of these programs and increase funding to a total of $77 million. This includes $34 million for EPA’s Categorical Grants for lead and radon, $16 million for the Lead Risk Reduction Program, $4 million for the Indoor Air Radon Program, $15 million for the Reduce Risk from Indoor Air Program, and $8 million for the Children and Other Sensitive Populations Program.

May 1, 2020, letter to Representative Betty McCollum and Representative David Joyce
May 1, 2020, letter to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Tom Udall

May 1: Appropriations Letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to Support the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Extract: The current COVID-19 crisis has wreaked a heavy social and financial toll on the U.S. The significance of home-based health hazards is more important than ever as millions of Americans are currently homebound in response to the ongoing pandemic. As you consider the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bill, we urge you to continue to support the vital work of this office and further increase funding to a total of $606 million, including $500 million for HUD’s Lead Paint program, $100 million for the Healthy Homes Program, and $6 million for the Lead Technical Studies Program. Additionally, the Coalition supports maintaining report language that encourages coordination between HUD’s Healthy Homes Program and the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

May 1, 2020, letter to Representative David Price and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart
May 1, 2020, letter to Senator Susan Collins and Senator Jack Reed

Download the full bundle of letters from May 1, 2020.