The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would distribute the funds based on a formula that prioritizes states with high rates of overdose deaths and, to a lesser extent, high rates of unemployment and low rates of work participation.
Program participants would receive housing assistance for up to two years or until permanent housing assistance is available. Program funding can be used for different types of housing assistance to provide options to help people meet their housing needs.
On June 12, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) sent lawmakers a letter signed by 29 national housing, homelessness, behavioral health services, and recovery housing organizations opposing the THRIVE Act because it would lengthen affordable housing waiting lists for low income families, seniors, people experiencing homelessness, and people leaving substance-use treatment or recovery housing.
The high correlation between addiction and incarceration, upwards of 80 percent of the NJ Reentry Corporation’s clients are clinically addicted, has significantly increased the challenge of reentry for its clients. Hopefully, increased investment in housing assistance will help those facing addiction achieve and maintain recovery with the stability of affordable housing.