Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act
Sponsored by the Fraternity Government Relations Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based Greek umbrella organization representing the country's fraternities and sororities, the effort will allow fraternity and sorority foundations to make tax-deductible financial contributions for infrastructure improvements to meeting and dining areas in chapter houses in the same way the tax code currently allows colleges and universities to use tax-deductible contributions to improve university-owned student housing on campus. This bill would make it substantially easier for Greeks nationwide to raise the money needed to install critical life-safety improvements in our chapter housing, expand housing capacity and otherwise modernize the housing we provide to our students.
Theta leaders and staff members who attended the April 2013 visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and lobby for passage of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act. Front Row: Hillary Goodfellow - Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi, Katie Wilkerson - Gamma Iota/Kentucky, JoAnna Adkisson - Eta Phi/Belmont, Monica Vaughn-Flam - Gamma Zeta/Connecticut, Rainey Sewell - Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma, Jamie Kang - Zeta Mu/MIT, Katherine Haley - Beta Rho/Duke. Back Row: Mary Jane Parker Beach - Beta Nu/Florida State, Amy Hayner Kates - Alpha Phi/Tulane, Betsy Sierk Corridan - Beta Omicron/Iowa, Laurie McGregor Connor - Gamma deuteron/Ohio Wesleyan, Cindy Heine Stellhorn - Beta/Indiana, Suzanne Graf McLemore - Delta Pi/Tennessee, FHC Director of Operations Jeff Risser.
Get Involved Today and Help Save LivesTheta needs all members to participate in the process! Congressional members can and are encouraged to support legislation based on constituent support, so go to http://www.fspac.org and learn about how you can make a difference in the lives of college students and their safety today! Be sure to reach out to your Greek councils, alumnae Panhellenic, charities you support, campus organizations, communities, family, and friends. Collegians and alumnae can both make a very positive difference.
What Alumnae and Collegiate Chapters Need to Know to Make a DifferenceHere's what you can do to make a difference:
- Educate yourself about CHIA by going to www.fspac.org.
- Register with www.fspac.org to get regular updates on the progress of the grassroots movement.
- Write a letter to your senators and representatives. A letter-writing tool is available through the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) website, as well as contact information for your representatives. Additionally, web forms can be accessed on your Congressional representatives' websites where you can express your support for CHIA electronically. Remember, keep track of your participation so we can share Theta's success in Congress.
- Become informed and learn about the priorities of your elected representatives on a national, state, and local level, which can aid your college, chapter, community, or career now and in the future!
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