Relevant Legislation

Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2019

U.S. Senate bill: S. 980 — Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2019

Impact

This bill would provide additional funding for the successful the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Support Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) anti-homelessness program, which is starting a Shallow Subsidies initiative to provide extended housing assistance to veterans in high-cost areas.

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Deborah Sampson Act

U.S. Senate bill: S. 514 — Deborah Sampson Act

Impact

This bill would increase the Department of Veterans' Affairs Support Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) anti-homelessness program by $20 million to pay for women's veterans issues. 

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Social Determinants Act of 2019

U.S. House bill: H.R. 4004 — Social Determinants Act of 2019

Impact

This bill would establish grants for states to take into account factors that contribute to our health (social determinants of health) in the development and implementation of health care policy -- which should lead to better and less expensive health care.

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Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act of 2019

U.S. Senate bill: S. 2282 — Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act of 2019

U.S. House bill: H.R. 4029 — Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act of 2019

Impact

This bill would enable Indian Tribes and tribally designated housing entities to apply for, receive, and administer grants and subgrants under the Continuum of Care Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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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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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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