Sires Speaks About How HOME Funding Helped Integrity House Build Supportive Housing in Newark
Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ) at the THUD Member’s Day hearing on March 9, voiced support and advocated for stabilizing the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program funding which helped Integrity House create supportive housing.
“In my district in New Jersey,” Mr. Sires said, “HOME funds have been instrumental in providing affordable housing to my constituents.”
The March 9, 2017, House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Member’s Day hearing allowed representatives to speak about pressing funding needs related to housing and transportation.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) voiced strong support for Community Development Block Grants and encouraged the committee to embrace HUD’s mission of providing affordable housing for as many Americans as possible.
Trump’s Budget Request Slashes Critical Affordable Homes Resources would eliminate both CDBG and HOME funds.
The impact on NJ, based on an analysis by the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), will be drastic including the loss of six thousand one-hundred and forty-eight (6,148) rental vouchers, the loss of almost $106 million dollars in Home and CDBG funding as well as the accelerated deterioration of public housing for almost 38,000 residents due to the lass of $69.5 million in public housing funding.
Representative Sires represents New Jersey’s 8th congressional district and a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) highlights the impact that the HOME program has had in New Jersey’s 8th district.
They highlighted Anthony who moved into Integrity House’s permanent supportive housing program in Newark, in NJ’s 8th congressional district. He stabilized his life, ending a cycle of addiction and homelessness, and new works full time.
The permanent supportive housing was funded with almost $425,000 through Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME.)
“Integrity House is committed to helping individuals and families through an effective and measurable system of comprehensive therapeutic community addictions treatment and recovery support in a way that brings about positive, long-term lifestyle change. Our organization uses funds from HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Continuum of Care (CoC) programs to fulfill its mission by assisting disadvantaged populations such as the homeless, chronically homeless, imminently homeless, the displaced, and more,” said the report.
The report, A Place to Call Home: The Case for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing was released by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC.)
This report’s research shows how investments in affordable housing boosts economic mobility, reduce poverty and homelessness, improve health outcomes, and strengthen the economy.
Also at the March 9 hearing, Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) emphasized the importance of investing in repairs for public housing and pushed against the large cuts to non-defense discretionary spending proposed by the White House.
Representative Nannette Barragán (D-CA) encouraged members to fund Continuum of Care programs and to increase funding for Housing Choice Vouchers. “Homelessness is an issue of epidemic proportions, but we don’t have to accept it,” she said. “It’s a solvable problem.”