The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 (AHCIA) is bipartisan legislation that would expand and strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), a public-private partnership that has created more than 3.2 million affordable homes since 1986. The AHCIA, broadly supported by more than half of the House or Representatives and nearly half the Senate, would provide an additional 610,000 affordable homes over the next decade.
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Templates: Ask Your Legislators to Co-Sponsor the AHCIA
To help move this vital legislation across the finish line, we encourage you to reach out to members of Congress who represent you directly and those who represent the areas in which you work to ask for their co-sponsorship.
SUBJECT: Support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act
I’m writing to request your support for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA; S. 1703/H.R. 3077), bipartisan legislation that would significantly expand affordable housing for the residents of [state]. Across the nation and in your state, housing is becoming increasingly difficult to afford. In [state], my organization has [financed/developed/supported the development and preservation of] [number] affordable homes through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), but the AHCIA would allow us to serve even more residents.
The AHCIA would expand and strengthen the Housing Credit, which is our nation’s primary tool for financing affordable rental housing. This legislation would increase the allocation for the Housing Credit by 50 percent and will provide more than half a million additional affordable homes across the United States over the next 10 years. The AHCIA will also allow us to better serve rural areas, Native American communities, veterans, extremely low-income and formerly homeless households, and would streamline the Housing Credit in several ways.
I would be happy to provide examples of our work in your state and to answer any questions. For more information you can also see the summary of the bill and details about each provision. I look forward to hearing from you, and hope to gain your support for this important legislation.
Congressional offices track each call they receive. Phone calls, as well as emails and letters, can be used to signal which issues constituents care about. You can find Senate phone numbers here and House phone numbers here.
Phone calls can be short and direct. When making calls, provide your name and organization, and let the staff know if you are a constituent or how much work your organization has done in the district or state. Explain to the staff that you would like to request that the member of Congress support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 1703 in the Senate or H.R. 3077 in the House) to provide residents with much-needed affordable housing and to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Feel free to provide personal anecdotes, state- or district-specific data, and/or additional details about the AHCIA, which can be found at the bottom of this post. Provide your contact information in case congressional staff would like to follow up.