Sending Office: Honorable Ted Lieu
Sent By:
Aurora.Paik@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Cosponsors: Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush, David Trone, Don Young, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frederica Wilson, Grace Napolitano, Gregory Meeks, Harley Rouda, Jamie Raskin, Jim Costa, Jimmy Panetta, Josh Harder, Judy Chu,
Julia Brownley, Katie Hill, Linda T. Sanchez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Luis Correa, Mike Levin, Mike Thompson, Nanette Diaz Barragan, Ruben Gallego, Scott Peters,
Steve Stivers, T.J. Cox.

Supporting Organizations: A New PATH, Addiction Policy Forum, American Art Therapy Association, American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, American Counseling Association, American Dance Therapy Association, American
Medical Student Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare, Association for Addiction Professionals, California State Association of Counties, Campaign for Trauma-Informed
Policy and Practice, Ceres Community Project, Child Welfare League of America, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Children’s Advocacy Institute, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Health Fund, Community Servings, Community
Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, Corporation for Supportive Housing, County of San Bernardino, County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), Facing Addiction with NCADD, Families USA, Family
Focused Treatment Association, First Focus Campaign for Children, Food and Friends, Food is Medicine Coalition, FosterClub, God’s Love We Deliver, Heartland Alliance, Hillsides, HIV Alliance, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, iFoster, LA Family Housing, LA
LGBT Center, League of California Cities, Lifelong, Low Income Investment Fund, Mama’s Kitchen, Mayor Kevin Faulconer (San Diego), Mayor London Breed (San Francisco), Mayor Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento), Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Mayor Gleam Davis
(Santa Monica), Mayors and CEOS for U.S. Housing Investment, Meals on Wheels Indiana, MANNA, Moveable Feast, NAADAC, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health, National
Association of Counties, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, National Center for Housing & Child Welfare, National Children’s Alliance, National CORE, National
Education Association, National Housing Law Project, National League of Cities, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Network for Youth, National PTA, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Open Arms, Project Angelfood, Project Angel Heart, Project
Open Hand, Psychotherapy Action Network, Radiant Healthcare, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, School Social Work Association of America, SchoolHouse Connection, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Los Angeles), Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (Los Angeles), The
Black AIDS Institute, The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice, The Health Trust, The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, Third Way, Treatment Communities of America, True Colors Fund, Tulsa Cares, Young People in Recovery, Venice Family
Clinic, VOICES | Youth Center

Dear Colleague,

According to HUD’S Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, there were 552,830 Americans who experienced homelessness on any given night in January 2018. Homelessness is a crisis in every single state and every single congressional district. That is why we invite
you to cosponsor our bipartisan, bicameral bill, H.R. 1978, the Fighting Homelessness through Services and Housing Act, which would increase federal resources by authorizing $750 million in grants annually for local governments to combat homelessness.

As a way to address the root causes of homelessness, H.R. 1978 for the first time would condition federal funds on a grant recipient’s ability to provide not only housing but also comprehensive services like mental health care, substance abuse treatment
and job training. Grant recipients would be required to provide 25 percent of project funds and report on measures of success, including whether individuals remain housed.

Helping families find a roof over their heads is a great start, but it is not enough. As we know, homelessness is not only a housing issue and is often a symptom of deeper problems. Each homeless American has their own story and their own unique set of events
and problems that led them to lose their homes. Addressing homelessness without addressing these root causes is not enough. Our bill aims to offer a holistic and comprehensive approach.

Our bill also looks towards the future. It includes a reporting requirement on measures of success, including whether or not people remain housed. This data will help us learn from different programs, providing us with the tools necessary to be more effective
in addressing homelessness in the future.

The bill
text
and
summary
of the bill are linked. For more information or to be added as a cosponsor, please contact
Aurora.Paik@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Ted. W. Lieu                            Steve Stivers
Member of Congress               Member of Congress

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