National NeighboWorks Association Board President, and President/CEO of NeighborWorks Northeastern PA, Jesse Ergott.

National NeighboWorks Association Board President, and President/CEO of NeighborWorks Northeastern PA, Jesse Ergott.

Two Dear Colleague Letters Supporting $150 million for NeighborWorks America in FY19

National NeighborWorks Association, working with many of those in our network, was able to secure two bi-partisan Dear Colleague letters in support of $150 million of appropriated funding for NeighborWorks® America; one from the US House of Represenatives and one from the US Senate.  Many offices said that they could not or would not sign onto a general Dear Colleague letter but would include support for NeighborWorks® America in an individual letter to the Appropriations’ staff.  As a testament of the work that you do every day, this is the first time that we had a bi-partisan Dear Colleague from both chambers of Congress. 

Here is a copy of the House Dear Colleague letter, co-lead by Congresswoman Jacky Rosen of Nevada and Congressman Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania, which had 74 signers.  Also, in the House, the Long Island delegation signed onto a separate letter, here.

A copy of the Senate Dear Colleague letter is here.  This letter was co-lead by Senator Kamala Harris of California, and Senator Michael Rounds of South Dakato and had 30 signers.

It is very important to thank your Congressperson or Senator if they signed on to support funding for your organization.  Here is a sample “thank you” which you should personalize, as well as add a hand written note at the bottom.  A great way to deliver your letter is to scan and send to your staff contact, if you would prefer to use regular mail, it will take approximately a month to go through screening and get to their office.  If you prefer, you could mail to my office in an unsealed envelope, inside a sealed envelope, to my attention and I will hand deliver to their offices the week after the Kansas City NTI. 

Thank you to all who worked hard to have their House or Senate members sign on to support increased funding for the work that we do.  Together, we will continue to deliver programs and services to those that need them most, while showing impact, good stewardship and accountability.