Action Alert for the Homeless:
on the Fair Housing Act
H.R. 3206, the "Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1998," sponsored by Representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Charles Canady (R-FL) and Jane Harman (D-CA), was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February. The bill would permit local governments to completely zone out group homes and other community-living arrangements for people with disabilities. If enacted, H.R. 3206 would repeal important civil rights protections for people with disabilities and subject them to renewed discrimination by zoning officials and hostile neighbors.
This legislation could seriously jeopardize efforts to provide supportive housing to disabled homeless people.For the status and the full text of H.R. 3206, click here.
What You Can Do Now!
Write, call or e-mail the Congresspersons immediately and ask others to do the same. A model letter is available for your help.
Regular mail: insert the relevant member's name and mail to the address in the model letter below.
Fax: use the fax number next to the member's name.
Phone: call the U.S. Capitol switchboard, 202/224-3121, and ask for the member's office
E-mail: go to the Internet site
http://www.congress.org/elecmail.html, select the name of the member you wish to contact and type your message in the e-mail form that pops up.
Please help spread the word, too. Copy and disseminate this Action Alert.