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Alliance Legislative Report (updated on October 6)

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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Better Care, Better Jobs Act (H.R. 4131 and S. 2210)

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2210, introduced by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) — Better Care, Better Jobs Act

U.S. House bill: H.R. 4131, introduced by Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) — Better Care, Better Jobs Act

Impact

NAEH strongly endorses the Better Care, Better Jobs Act (H.R. 4131, S. 2210), which would expand Medicaid's HCBS program to provide home health care to the elderly and the disabled, including supportive housing services for people experiencing homelessness with acute needs.

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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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Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act (S. 1991)

U.S. Senate bill: Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act, introduced by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) — S. 1991

Impact

The Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act (S. 1991) would establish 500,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers over the next five years for families that are experiencing homelessness or housing instability, or wish to live in areas with quality schools and other opportunities for healthy development.

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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, and it then followed up with a formal request on May 28. The House began marking up bills in July.

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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: H.R. 4550 — 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. The House bill, which has been passed by the House, would increase HAG funding by $420 million. The Senate bill will be marked up in September.

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

U.S. Senate bill: S. Con. Res 14, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2022 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2023 through 2031.

Impact

The Alliance strongly supports the inclusion of several important items in any infrastructure investment package, including significantly expanded rental assistance, major investments in the House Trust Fund and public housing, 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: H.R. 4550 — 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. The House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill, which was passed by the House on July 29, would increase funding by $29.2 billion. The comparable legislation will be marked up by the Senate in September.

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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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