Creation of 410,000 New Affordable Homes Through Vouchers and Newly Constructed Units Would Fight Homelessness and Housing Shortages
On March 28, the House Financial Services Committee approved, by a vote of 32-26, the “Ending Homelessness Act of 2019” (H.R. 1856) on March 28. The legislation was first introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) in 2016 and reintroduced last week. The proposal would provide $13.27 billion over five years to fight homelessness and housing shortages through vouchers, the construction of new units, and outreach.
The “Ending Homelessness Act” (HR 1856) is a comprehensive plan to ensure the lowest-income people have safe, decent, and affordable housing by investing $13.27 billion over five years to create 410,000 new affordable homes.
To date, the “Ending Homelessness Act of 2019” has 46 cosponsors. As of yet, there are no cosponsors from New Jersey’s House delegation. Click here to find the emails and phone numbers for the staff assigned to housing for New Jersey’s twelve members of its House delegation. You can call or email this staffers and ask them to ask their bosses to cosponsor H.R. 1856.
New Jersey needs an investment in affordable new homes. NJCounts 2018 found 9,303 homeless men, women and children counted across New Jersey on the evening of January 23, 2018. The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s The Gap report found that in New Jersey in 2017, there were almost 300,000 extremely low income renters. At the same time, there is a shortage of over 200,000 affordable and available rental units for households at or below extremely low income.
The bill’s funding is targeted to McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, new Special Purpose Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), the national Housing Trust Fund, outreach to connect homeless people to resources, and state/local initiatives.
The bill would provide 410,000 new affordable homes for the lowest-income households. It would also permanently authorize the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness—both of which are essential to ensure homeless people have access to emergency shelter and services, transitional housing, job training, primary health care, and education.
Click here to read more from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC.)