Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act Will Allow More Low-Income Families to Move to Communities of Their Choice
On July 10, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018” (H.R. 5793) by a vote of 368-19. All twelve members of New Jersey’s House delegation voted to pass the Act.
- The Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act aims to further improve voucher mobility and help more Housing Choice Voucher households move to communities of their choice, such as areas with access to jobs with decent pay, good schools, transportation, and healthcare.
- The demonstration will enable the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and public housing agencies to develop new models for improving voucher mobility as well as provide counseling to help voucher households move to areas of opportunity.
- The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration in committee.
Through the demonstration, HUD and public housing agencies (PHAs) would be able to develop new models for improving voucher mobility and provide counseling to help HUD-assisted families move to areas of opportunity. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Senate Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act companion bill (S. 2945) on May 24.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Monarch Housing supports H.R. 5793.
If you are passionate about providing affordable housing in New Jersey, you should attend the July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
We know that by joining together and amplifying our voices, we can have an impact on the decisions that are made in Washington DC. Join Monarch Housing Associates and our 35 partners from New Jersey to make the case that homelessness is a solvable problem. The federal government must be a full partner in ensuring an adequate breadth of services are available to prevent children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and all of our neighbors in NJ from experiencing the homelessness.
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