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Alliance Legislative Report (updated on May 5)

Impact

This is the Alliance's summary of the most urgent homelessness and low-income housing legislation pending before the U.S. Congress.

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COVID-19 Relief: American Rescue Plan Act

U.S. Senate bill: H.R. 1319 — The American Rescue Plan Act

U.S. House bill: H.R. 1319, introduced by Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) — The American Rescue Plan Act

Impact

The American Rescue Plan Act included important low-income housing and homelessness provisions – most notably $5 billion in new funding specifically to reduce homelessness, more than $21.5 billion to replenish the emergency rental assistance fund, and $5 billion in emergency housing vouchers.

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Emergency Family Stabilization Act (S. 220)

U.S. Senate bill: S. 220 — Emergency Family Stabilization Act, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Impact

The Alliance supports the Emergency Family Stabilization Act (S. 220). The bill would authorize $800 million to be awarded competitively by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to enable local agencies and organizations, including local educational agencies, to assist children, youth, families, single pregnant women, and survivors of dating violence, domestic violence and trafficking impacted by homelessness and insecure housing during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Eviction Crisis Act

Impact

The Eviction Crisis Act has NOT been introduced in the current Congress. Introduced as S. 3030 in the previous Congress, the legislation would establish a federal emergency housing assistance grant program which would provide aid to people experiencing housing insecurity in order to prevent them from becoming homeless.

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FY22 Funding (in millions) for Selected Homelessness and Housing Programs

Impact

This chart shows FY22 funding (in millions) for selected homelessness and housing programs. The Administration submitted a preliminary FY22 budget recommendation on April 9.

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Homeless Assistance Grants, FY22 Funding

U.S. Senate bill: A bill number will not be assigned until the funding measure has been introduced. — FY22 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

U.S. House bill: A bill number will not be assigned until the funding measure has been introduced. — FY22 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

Impact

The Alliance urges Congress to provide at least $3.5 billion in funding for Homeless Assistance Grants (HAG), which are used by Continuums of Care across the nation to pay for critical elements in the fight against homelessness, including outreach, shelter, and housing, in the FY22 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Housing and Homelessness Services Infrastructure Investment Package (for inclusion in the American Jobs Plan Act)

Impact

The Alliance strongly supports the inclusion of several important items in any infrastructure investment package, including rental assistance that is available to any eligible household, significant investments in the House Trust Fund and public housing, establishment of a Continuum of Care capacity-building fund, and the provision of supportive housing services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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Housing Choice Vouchers, FY22 Funding

U.S. Senate bill: A bill number will not be assigned until the funding measure has been introduced. — FY22 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

U.S. House bill: A bill number will not be assigned until the funding measure has been introduced. — FY22 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill

Impact

The Alliance urges Congress to provide, in FY22, at least $30.4 billion in funding for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

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Housing is Infrastructure Act

Impact

The Alliance strongly supports the Housing is Infrastructure bill because it would make numerous significant investments in the nation's housing infrastructure. Last year's bill is being revised, but it has not yet been re-introduced.

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The HEALS Act would increase homelessness among victims of domestic violence.

Impact

The Alliance strongly opposes the HEALS Act because it would prevent HUD from rewarding communities which quickly and satisfactorily house victims of domestic violence. The legislation has not yet been re-introduced.

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