Calls for NHTF Funding Homelessness Should Be Elminated
On April 24, 2012, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) introduced H.Con.Res.119, a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that involuntary homelessness for families, women, and children in America should be eliminated.
No member of the NJ Congressional Delegation has sponsored the resolution.
The resolution calls on the federal government to:
Eliminate homelessness for families, women, and children;
Provide adequate funding for Section 8 vouchers, the Community Development Block Grant program, and the HOME Investment Partnerships program;
Provide the $1 billion requested in the President’s FY13 budget request for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF); and
Move towards a “housing first” policy for homeless assistance programs.
The resolution includes many statistics and findings. Our national partner, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is credited with providing data on the need for public housing and Section 8 vouchers and the mismatch between the 10 million extremely low income renter households and the 6.5 million housing units affordable to them. Additionally, the resolution uses figures from NLIHC on the NHTF, stating that every $10 billion spent on the NHTF will create 122,000 new jobs for construction and 30,000 ongoing jobs for the operation of the rental housing. Another national partner, the National Alliance to End Homelessness is also referenced in the resolution.
H.Con.Res.119 has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. Click here to read the full resolution.