Next week, it is expected that Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Wayne Allard (R-CO) will introduce legislation to reauthorize the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program. We encourage you to contact your Senate offices to urge them to become original co-sponsors.
The Alliance’s preliminary analysis of this legislation is very positive. This legislation – the Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act – will make the McKinney program a more effective tool (one of many tools) to prevent and end homelessness. As the bill moves through Congress, we will be working with our local, state and national partners on any changes needed to improve the legislation further and ensure that it suits the needs of as many as possible.
We would like to highlight the following provisions – some new from legislation introduced in the last Congress. The legislation would:
Establish a new prevention program to serve people who have moved frequently for economic reasons, are doubled up, are about to be evicted, live in severely overcrowded housing, or otherwise live in an unstable situation that puts them at risk of homelessness;
Encourage programs that move families into permanent housing;
Enable rural communities to use funds for homeless prevention and stabilization with an application process tailored to rural communities;
Renew permanent housing programs non-competitively; and
Reward communities that get the best outcomes but in a less prescriptive way.
We encourage you to do the following:
Contact your Senate offices and urge them to become an original co-sponsor by calling Kara Stein in Senator Reed’s office or Tewana Wilkerson in Senator Allard’s office.
Provide us with input on what you believe works and does not work by replying to this email.
Let us know that you would like to work with us to move this forward by sending an email to NAEH.
To view the section by section analysis of the bill click here .