Permanent Authorization and Funding of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

U.S. Senate bill: S. 743 — A bill to strengthen the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Committees:

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Status:

Referred to committee

Cosponsors:

2 (see all cosponsors)

Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]

Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]

U.S. House bill: H.R. 5393 — Working Together to End Homelessness Act of 2018

Committees:

Financial Services

Status:

Referred to committee

Cosponsors:

5 (see all cosponsors)

Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]

Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]

Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]

Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]

Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]

Impact

Permanent authorization of USICH will ensure that its modest budget of $3.6 million will be funded each year until the work of ending homelessness is achieved.

Alliance position: It is essential that both chambers of Congress pass legislation to permanently authorize USICH.

Summary

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is the only agency at the federal level with the sole responsibility of ending homelessness. It works across 19 federal agencies and departments, and with partners in both the public and private sectors, to improve federal spending outcomes for homelessness.

While USICH’s annual budget is only a modest $3.6 million, the agency is responsible for coordinating approximately $5.5 billion in various funding streams. But, because the original legislation to establish USICH included a sunset date for the Council, continued funding for USICH is uncertain every year. Without legislation to permanently authorize USICH, this uncertainty will always jeopardize future progress to end homelessness.

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