News from CSH

SELHA Introduced in Senate

The Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act (SELHA) was introduced today by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jack Reed (D-RI), with original co-sponsors Bill Nelson (D-FL), Mel Martinez (R-FL), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME). The bill calls for the establishment of a grant program for services in supportive housing. “This legislation is critical to ending long-term homelessness in the next decade,” said Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH. “If enacted, SELHA would create an efficient mechanism for the federal Department of Health and Human Services to fund services in supportive housing for the long-term homeless, which would in turn leverage other streams of local, state, and federal funding needed to make supportive housing work for this vulnerable population.” The legislation was developed by a broad coalition led by CSH, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Enterprise, and the National AIDS Housing Coalition. For more information, click here. (To view a previous post on this Blog on the Services to End Long Term Homelessness click here.)

Impact of the Presidents FY 2008 Budget Proposal

According to CSH’s analysis, the Bush Administration’s FY 2008 budget proposal makes another important investment in HUD McKinney-Vento programs (proposed $1.586 billion funding level; $145 million increase over FY 2007), a linchpin of supportive housing creation for the chronically homeless. However, the budget as a whole continues the Administrations multi-year attack on key housing, services, and other mainstream safety net programs. To read CSH’s analysis, click here. (To view a previous post on this Blog on Presidents Budget Increases Homeless Assistance; Cuts Housing Programs click here and for National Low Income Housing Coalition Says Bush Budget Continues To Neglect Housing Needs click here.)

New Report: Veterans’ Housing and Service Needs

A new report, Ending Homelessness Among Veterans Through Permanent Supportive Housing, finds that affordable permanent housing coupled with supportive services provides a powerful tool for preventing and ending homelessness among veterans, particularly those who confront chronic disabling health problems. The report is the product of a Policy Leadership Dialogue event convened by CSH, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and Volunteers of America. To download the report, click here. (To view a previous post on this Blog on Report Focuses the National Attention on the Permanent Housing and Social click here and for SURVIVORS TWICE OVER: HOUSING HOMELESS VETS click here.)