Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Be an Original Cosponsor of the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act
Original Cosponsor Deadline – June 12th COB
Original Cosponsors: Rep. Jackson Lee, Lee, McGovern
Endorsing Organization: National Coalition of Homeless Veterans
I respectfully ask you to support the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act, legislation that will help our nation address the long-term homelessness crisis.
Since the first Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness was launched in 2010, rates of homelessness among veterans, families, and chronically homeless individuals have fallen significantly. Our country has successfully taken thousands of individuals
and families off the streets. Unfortunately, last year, the homeless population in the United States increased for the second year in a row since the inception of the Federal Strategic Plan. According to the annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) Point in Time count, there were approximately 88,484 chronically homeless individuals and 8,429 people in households with children, for a total of 96,913.
Allowing men, women, and children to live on the streets is not a standard America should be willing to accept. Unstable housing impacts the lives of millions of Americans every year. Addressing this problem will help get chronically homeless individuals
and families off the streets. I ask that you join me in prioritizing these efforts to combat long-term homelessness in our country.
This Act does the following:
- Requires the Secretary of HHS to design national strategies for the establishment of supportive housing services and programs to assist in ending chronic homelessness and to implement programs that address chronic homelessness.
- Requires the Secretary of HHS to make matching grants to eligible entities to provide services promoting recovery and self-sufficiency and augment the HUD-administered McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.
- Requires the Secretary of HHS to report performance outcome data on the projects carried out under the Act.
The HHS grants will address barriers faced by chronically homeless individuals and families in, or scheduled to be residents of, permanent supportive housing and to other individuals or families who have chosen to seek other housing opportunities after tenancy
in supportive housing
To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Jacque Hlavin in my office at x 5-1313 or
Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress
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