President Obama’s budget proposal, released today, will touch off Washington-centric squabbles over proper levels of federal spending and taxing. Snooze-inducing terms like “continuing resolutions,” “discretionary spending,” and “entitlement spending” will dominate political debates all the way through the presidential caucus/primary season to the 2012 election.
With proposed cuts to critical housing programs coming from both the Federal and State levels, housing advocates are warning that New Hampshire may see significant increases in homelessness and find itself without enough resources to provide basic shelter.
In addition to some cuts included in Obama’s proposed FY 2012 budget, the US House of Representatives is considering drastic cuts to housing programs for funding the remainder of FY 11. The federal budget has been running at 2010 funding levels via a Continuing Resolution that is due to expire March 4th.
The American Friends Service Committee and Voices of Hope Productions joined forces to support, through the medium of film, community groups and policy organizations devoted to men and women returning home after incarceration. These three films are the result. A Failing System was a labor of love by Voices of Hope. No Where to Go and Healing Justice: Transformed Lives were made with the support of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Integrity House, and Women Who Never Give Up, Inc.
When Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana arrived in the United States from his native Democratic Republic of the Congo, he didn’t expect to encounter some of the economic realities here. Settling in Washington, D.C., he became director of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Justice Program where he came face-to-face with the homeless who camped out on his office doorstep.
Housing Action NH is a coalition of organizations engaged in advocacy for policies and resources to ensure that New Hampshire’s low income people are adequately and sustainably housed.
Housing Action NH’s mission is to substantially increase state and federal investment in the development, preservation and maintenance of housing that is affordable for New Hampshire’s lowest income people, and to expand access to rental subsidies through efficient engagement of a broad alliance in federal and state advocacy.
Every day, people in New Hampshire are affected by economic forces beyond their immediate control and often far beyond the state's borders. But while the causes of the 2008 financial collapse, the behavior of trans-national manufacturers, and the steady rise in the cost of housing may seem beyond local capacity to affect, the AFSC NH Program knows that the concerted actions of informed individuals can make a difference.
In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt pushed for the adoption of a "second Bill of Rights," for all to be free from fear and free from want. This included the right to a decent home. In 1948, the United States signed on to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes housing as a human right. Article 25 specifies, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” AFSC is part of the D.C.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.