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  • HOMELESSNESS
Winning Issue » HOMELESSNESS


High housing costs sometimes force impoverished Americans to choose between shelter and other necessities such as food and medication. In 2018, there were about 533,000 Americans living in shelters, cars, abandoned buildings, with friends and relatives, on the street or in some other place not meant for human habitation. About 70% of these people live on their own or in the company of other adults. The remaining 30% are families with children. Nearly 1 in every 30, or 2.5 million American children, are now homeless in the United States. Homeless children often do not receive adequate education, nutrition or health care. Many who grow up poor and without homes are never able to escape this cycle of poverty.

A 2019 report to Congress reveals that nearly half (48%) of all homeless individuals are unsheltered. Advocates say unsheltered homelessness is caused by many factors, but can be exacerbated by a lack of accessible, low-barrier shelters. Shelter bed availability varies greatly by state. Some states (Maine, West Virginia, Kansas and Delaware) have enough beds to shelter 90% of their homeless population, while others, particularly on the West Coast, have capacity for less than half of their homeless population. Advocates say we will continue to have large homeless populations if states keep cutting services to reverse budget deficits, and if the number of low-paying jobs continues to increase. Advocates also worry the current COVID-10 pandemic will likely increase our number of homeless due to the economic disruptions preventing many Americans from paying housing expenses.

Pending Legislation: H.R.4496 - Ending Homelessness Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Maxine Waters (CA)
Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
House Speaker: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current homelessness policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support funding the creation of 410,000 new units of housing for people experiencing homelessness and effectively end widespread homelessness and housing instability by:

    1.) Expanding and transforming the Housing Choice Voucher program into a federal entitlement that would be phased in over eight years,

    2.) Prohibiting landlords from discriminating against renters based on source of income and veteran status.

    3.) Appropriating $10 billion in funding over 5 years for the Housing Trust Fund and McKinney-Vento grants to fund the creation of permanent affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness

    4.) Providing funding for outreach and case management to connect persons experiencing homelessness to needed services, as well as for technical assistance to help states and local jurisdictions better align their healthcare and housing strategies.

    5.) Permanently authorizing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which authorizes the main
    homeless assistance grant programs under HUD’s jurisdiction.

    6.) Permanently authorizing the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which serves a critical role in coordinating the overall federal strategy to end homelessness.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support funding the creation of 410,000 new units of housing for people experiencing homelessness and effectively end widespread homelessness and housing instability by:

    1.) Expanding and transforming the Housing Choice Voucher program into a federal entitlement that would be phased in over eight years,

    2.) Prohibiting landlords from discriminating against renters based on source of income and veteran status.

    3.) Appropriating $10 billion in funding over 5 years for the Housing Trust Fund and McKinney-Vento grants to fund the creation of permanent affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness

    4.) Providing funding for outreach and case management to connect persons experiencing homelessness to needed services, as well as for technical assistance to help states and local jurisdictions better align their healthcare and housing strategies.

    5.) Permanently authorizing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which authorizes the main
    homeless assistance grant programs under HUD’s jurisdiction.

    6.) Permanently authorizing the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which serves a critical role in coordinating the overall federal strategy to end homelessness.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing H.R.4496 - Ending Homelessness Act of 2021

If elected as a trustee, National Coalition for the Homeless will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. We envision a world where everyone has a safe, decent, affordable and accessible home. Our programs are centered around public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing, and are focused on the issues of housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
December 6, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
December 13, 2021