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President’s Budget Skewers RD

Last week, the President released his FY14 Budget Request, which disproportionately hits USDA Rural Housing and Rural Development programs. In response, NRHC sent this letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack, using the Department of seeking to eliminate these highly successful programs. Our letter was picked up by the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, among other publications.

In the letter, Bob argues that between 2010 and 2013, USDA cut Rural Development programs by more than $750 million. This substantial and disproportionate cut represents 19 percent of all cuts made to USDA over the same period. The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Budget piles on even further by proposing an additional $200 million in reductions, despite the fact that the budget includes more than $300 million in savings from USDA Loan programs. If the President’s Budget is approved, Rural Development programs will be cut by over $1 billion in the past 4 years.

“USDA should acknowledge that Rural Development is a low priority for the Department,” said Bob Rapoza, Executive Secretary of the National Rural Housing Coalition. “And for that reason, it is obvious to me that these programs are the first on the chopping block and always available to offset increases for other programs and activities that are deemed more important.”

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Using Local Media In Your Advocacy

NRHC’s Local Media Campaign

Thanks to a generous grant from Capital One, NRHC has launched a new, local media campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Rural Housing programs and our newest report, “Opening Doors to Rural Homeownership.”

As you know, building and sustaining strong relationships with your local media is one of the most effective things you can do to raise public awareness of your organization and to advocate for the issues you care about.

Through local media, you can introduce a large and diverse audience to your cause and persuade them to become supporters. And, because Senators and Representatives pay close attention to what is happening in their districts, local media coverage can be quite effective in getting your message to them as well.

3 Ways To Participate

By participating in NRHC’s Local Media Campaign, your organization can begin to use your local and social media as an effective advocacy tool. As part of our campaign, we’re asking you and other NRHC members to help raise awareness of rural housing programs and the great work your organization does by: (1) pitching a news story, (2) submitting an op-ed, and (3) using social media.

To help you get started, we’ve put together some resources that you can tailor to your local needs, including:

Keep Us Informed!

To help us report to Capital One on our impact, please let Sarah Mickelson (Sarah @ Rapoza dot org) know when your organization contacts local media or uses social media to raise awareness of our new report.

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Welcome to NRHC!

This is our first blog – which means, you are officially making history! Stay tuned….