Written by Barb Powell
Calling the “creation and sustaining of quality affordable housing an act of hospitality,” the General Synod of the United Church of Christ today (Tuesday) called upon its congregations and national setting to advocate for funding of federal housing programs, specifically HUD Section 202 and Section 811.
The Rev. Sharon Davis, chair of the committee that considered resolution, said, “We believe this is our practice and our witness in the United Church of Christ.”
The HUD 202 program provides construction subsidies for housing for seniors with less than 50 percent of the area’s income. The HUD 811 program supports development of housing for individuals with disabilities. Other programs for low-income families are also in need of advocacy.
With the senior population increasing, the number of new units funded under Section 202 has declined, with none funded for 2013. Support for Section 811 housing has also similarly declined.
According to the resolution, “Quality affordable housing for seniors, families and persons living with disabilities is very beneficial to our nation, creates significant savings in other parts of our federal and state budgets, and addresses the Biblical mandate to provide for ‘the least of these.’”