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Alliance Legislative Report, November 2019

Impact

A current summary of pieces of legislation in play to end homelessness.

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American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019

U.S. Senate bill: S. 787 — American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019

U.S. House bill: H.R. 1737 — American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019

Impact

This bill would create affordable housing through investments, strengthening discrimination protections, establishing grants, and more.

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Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2225 — Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act

U.S. House bill: H.R. 4968 — Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act

Impact

The BASIC Act seeks to reduce college student homelessness by providing free or subsidized housing arrangements and access to other services.

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Bill to Amend the Definition of Homelessness

U.S. House bill: H.R. 2001 — Homeless Children and Youth Act

Impact

This bill would greatly increase the cost burden to the homeless services system while reducing the hallmark efficiencies of the system that has reduced homelessness by 15% over the last decade.

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Ending Homelessness Act of 2019

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2613 — The Ending Homelessness Act of 2019

U.S. House bill: H.R. 1856 — The Ending Homelessness Act of 2019

Impact

The Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 (H.R. 1856) would provide substantial additional funding for homelessness programs around the country outside of the regular annual appropriations process. The bill would add $2.65 billion in annual spending for new projects over a period of five years, with renewals of those projects potentially covered by different funding sources.

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Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act of 2019

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2007 — Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act of 2019

U.S. House bill: H.R.3018 — Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act of 2019

Impact

The Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act would forbid the Administration from replacing the Equal Access Rule, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in HUD programs.

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Expanding Eligibility for HUD-VASH to Military Personnel Discharged with an “Other than Honorable” Basis

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2061 — Expanding Eligibility for HUD-VASH to Military Personnel Discharged with an "Other than Honorable" Basis

U.S. House bill: H.R. 2398 — Expanding Eligibility for HUD-VASH to Military Personnel Discharged with an "Other than Honorable" Basis

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Fair Chance at Housing Act

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2076 — Fair Change at Housing Act

U.S. House bill: H.R. 3685 — Fair Chance at Housing Act

Impact

This bill would reform the screening and eviction policies for federal housing assistance in order to provide fair access to housing for those involved in the criminal justice system.

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Fighting Homelessness with Services and Housing Act

U.S. Senate bill: S. 923 — Fighting Homelessness with Services and Housing Act

U.S. House bill: H.R. 1978 — Fighting Homelessness with Services and Housing Act

Impact

According to Senator Feinstein’s statement, the Fighting Homelessness with Services and Housing Act (S. 923) would authorize “a new federal funding grant program of $750 million per year, subject to annual appropriations. Grantees must serve individuals or families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing housing paired with a comprehensive set of services, and they must provide a 25 percent match for any Federal funds received. Because each individual and every community is unique, the grant program created by this bill would be flexible in order to work in any region or for any homeless population.”

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Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2803 — Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

U.S. House bill: H.R. 4300 — Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

Impact

This bill would provide financial support (vouchers) for youth aging out of the foster care system in order to prevent homelessness in early adulthood.

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