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

Committees:

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Status:

The bill has not yet been considered by the Banking Committee.

Cosponsors:

1 (see all cosponsors)

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN]* 06/09/2021

*original

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.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities makes a compelling case for this bipartisan legislation: “Housing mobility programs help low-income families with children use Housing Choice Vouchers to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods. These neighborhoods often have less poverty, better schools, less crime, and more resources such as grocery stores and parks, which together promote better health and life satisfaction for parents and children and improve children’s chances of succeeding in school and earning more as adults. Evidence suggests many low-income families would like to move to high-opportunity communities, but barriers — including high housing costs, discrimination, and a shortage of willing landlords — often prevent them from doing so. Mobility programs give families more choices about where they can live, which is an important complement to investing in historically disadvantaged communities to create new opportunities for residents.”

Summary

The NAEH-endorsed 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.  A companion bill should soon be introduced in the House.  If you support S. 1991, please urge your Senators to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation.  

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