See an updated post with a response from Rep. Reed’s office here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mayor Svante Myrick appeared at the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Tom Reed on Thursday to hand-deliver a letter urging Congress to reverse cuts to affordable housing projects in Ithaca.

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As the Ithaca Voice recently reported, the federal government has reduced the amount of money it gives Ithaca for affordable housing projects over the last several years.

In a statement, Myrick (D) says he wants to know the position of Reed (R) on the issue of federal funding for Ithaca’s affordable housing projects. Reed is the Congressman for New York’s 23rd District, which includes Ithaca.

“Affordable and stable housing is essential for welfare-to-work initiatives you support to be successful,” Myrick said, according to a news release from the city of Ithaca.

“Please fight to retain over $1 million of federal funding for affordable housing for communities in the 23rd congressional district.  Please let me know your position on this matter vital to the City of Ithaca.”

Below is a graphic, put together with statistics provided by the city of Ithaca, outlining the decline in federal funding for Ithaca from the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

Myrick said the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency voted to send Reed the letter on Wednesday.

You can read more about Congressional cuts for affordable housing projects here or learn more about Ithaca’s affordable housing crisis by clicking on the box below.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.