The fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations process is completely underway. Recently, OFN sent a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees asking the members of both Subcommittees to provide funding in FY 2019 for USDA Rural Development business and housing programs that many CDFIs use. Prior to sending out the letter, we consulted with OFN members serving rural markets and other national organizations to ensure OFN’s advocacy message was consistent and complemented the advocacy efforts of our allied organizations. The Senate is currently accepting appropriations requests for all programs. Contact your Senator today and share with them this letter urging them to submit appropriations requests for these USDA Rural Development programs that provide valuable assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) working in rural communities.

This year, OFN’s Public Policy team is expanding the scope of federal programs we advocate for and engage with legislators and other policymakers. This letter in support of USDA Rural Development programs is just one of many efforts in the pipeline.

We look forward to continuing to build support in FY 2019 for USDA Rural Development programs as well as other federal programs CDFIs access on Capitol Hill. 


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