Alliance Legislative Report (updated on July 28)
ImpactThis is the Alliance's summary of the most urgent homelessness and low-income housing legislation pending before the U.S. Congress.
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-12) — Better Care, Better Jobs Act
ImpactNAEH 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 with acute needs experiencing homelessness. Modified versions of this legislation (with reduced funding levels) were included in the Build Back Better Act, which ultimately passed the House.
Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376)
U.S. House bill: H.R. 5376, introduced by Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY-3) — Build Back Better Act
ImpactThe Build Back Better (BBB) Act included valuable investments in affordable housing that would lead to a substantial reduction in homelessness. The bill was approved by the House, but it was not brought up for a vote in the Senate because of opposition from a Democratic Senator whose support is absolutely necessary given the uniform opposition of Senate Republicans. BBB is moribund if not dead.
Coordinating Substance Use and Homelessness Care Act (H.R. 7716, S. 4482)
U.S. Senate bill: S. 4482, introduced by Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) — Coordinating Substance Use and Homelessness Care Act
U.S. House bill: H.R. 7716, introduced by Representative Madeleine Dean (D-PA-4) — Coordinating Substance Use and Homelessness Care Act
ImpactH.R. 7716 / S. 4482 would establish in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a program to provide grants to homelessness organizations that would help them to develop the capacity to access supportive housing services, including billing Medicaid or paying a third party to bill Medicaid.
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
ImpactThe American Rescue Plan Act, P.L. 117-2, 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.
Ending Homelessness Act (H.R. 4496)
U.S. House bill: H.R. 4496, introduced by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) — Ending Homelessness Act
ImpactThe Alliance strongly supports the Ending Homelessness Act because it would put the nation on the path towards the elimination of homelessness.
Eviction Crisis Prevention Act (S. 2182)
U.S. Senate bill: S. 2182, introduced by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) — The Eviction Crisis Prevention Act
ImpactThe bipartisan Eviction Crisis Act (S. 2182) would increase housing stability by creating a new national $3 billion Emergency Assistance Fund.
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
ImpactThe 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.
Flexibility in Addressing Rural Homelessness Act (H.R. 7196)
U.S. House bill: H.R. 7196, introduced by Representatives Cindy Axne (D-IA-3) and Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) — Flexibility in Addressing Rural Homelessness Act (H.R. 7196)