Relevant Legislation

FY 2020 Appropriations: HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants and Affordable Housing

U.S. House bill: H.R. 3163 — Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

Impact

Congressional investment in proven solutions to homelessness by providing at least $3 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants and $24 billion for affordable housing in FY 2020 is necessary to continue our progress.

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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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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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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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Keeping Families Together Act of 2019

U.S. House bill: H.R. 2763 — Keeping Families Together Act of 2019

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Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act of 2019

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

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Services for Ending Long Term Homelessness Act

U.S. House bill: HR 3272 — Services for Ending Long Term Homelessness Act

Impact

This bill, introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) with six original cosponsors, would create a grant program at the Department of Health and Human Services to fund permanent supportive housing, particularly health care and other supportive services; coordinate services; and create accountability within the federal government for bringing permanent supportive housing to scale.

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Alliance-Endorsed Affordable Housing Legislation

Impact

The Alliance supports a number of bills that aim to address the affordable housing crisis.

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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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