Alliance Legislative Report (updated on June 24)

Impact

The Alliance continues to work to secure more resources for local homelessness systems through the FY23 appropriations process and build and preserve affordable housing through the successor to the failed Build Back Better (BBB) investment package.  

  1. HOMELESSNESS FUNDING

The Alliance strongly supports the Administration’s request that Homelessness Assistance Grants be funded at $3.6 billion.  The House Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee reported on June 23 that the FY23 funding measure for HUD would include $3.6 billion for homelessness programs. 

However, there’s a long way to go before process by which HUD is funded for the next fiscal year is over.  The House bill must be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee and then go to the floor and be considered by the full House of Representatives.  The Senate’s funding bill, which is likely to included a lower funding level, must also be approved by the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, the full Senate Appropriations Committee, and the full Senate.  Then, the House and Senate must resolve differences between their bills, including the level of funding for homelessness programs, with significant contributions from the Biden Administration.  

Proponents of robust homelessness funding laid the groundwork for the early success in the House.  Led by Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI-4) and John Katko (R-NY-24), 150 House lawmakers signed an April 29 letter to the House Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee which urges that panel to follow through on the Administration’s homelessness funding request.  Did your Representative sign this letter?

FY23 McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Letter - finalized

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) led a similar effort in the Senate.   Did your Senators sign on to this letter calling for $3.6 billion in homelessness funding?

FINAL FY23 Homeless Assistance Grants Letter to THUD

It’s important for people who follow homelessness closely to remain engaged in the process to ensure that the Administration’s request of $3.6B ultimately prevails.  Please urge your lawmakers in the House and Senate to support the Administration’s request for $3.6 billion in funding for homelessness programs in FY23.  

2. INVESTMENTS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Build Back Better (BBB) package, which passed the House but which was killed in the Senate because Democrats failed to secure the support of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), included $25 billion in housing choice vouchers so that more eligible households can take advantage of this successful assisted housing program, $65 billion to restore thousands of units of public housing to habitability after decades of underinvestment, and $15 billion to increase our nation’s depleted stock of affordable housing. 

Some people believe that pulling the plug on BBB meant pulling the plug on any big investment bill for health care, income supports, climate change, and housing.  Others believe, that the Senate will eventually take up a scaled-back successor to BBB, except it will include fewer investments and cost less.  The Alliance is working to include in any successor to BBB at least the three essential pillars of the housing section–vouchers, public housing, and low-income housing investment. 

If you share the Alliance’s position, you could urge your House and Senate lawmakers to insist to their Congressional leaders and the White House that no new BBB-like investment package should move forward without the inclusion of significant affordable housing investments.  

Thanks for your consideration.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the Alliance’s John Threlkeld (jthrelkeld@naeh.org) if you have any questions. 

 

Summary

Please let the Alliance’s John Threlkeld (jthrelkeld@naeh.org) know if you have any questions about legislation. 

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