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Federal Policy Update: Housing and Veterans Initiatives . Capitol Hill Day Materials: www.endhomelessness.org. Introduction Hill Day Logistics Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda NHTF – Update, Talking Points, Action Needed 3. HUD Appropriations - Update, Talking Points, Action

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Federal Policy Update: Housing and Veterans Initiatives

Capitol Hill Day Materials:

www.endhomelessness.org


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Introduction

Hill Day Logistics

Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda

NHTF – Update, Talking Points, Action Needed

3.HUD Appropriations - Update, Talking Points, Action

McKinney and Section 8, HUD-VASH

Related programs

Authorizing legislation - Update, Talking Points, Action

SEVRA

Veterans Legislation to Prevent and End Homelessness

5.Questions

Today’s Agenda


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Thank you State Captains for organizing Hill Day!

Contact Katie Glenn, (kglenn@naeh.org / 202-942-8295) for info about participating in Congressional visits.

Conference “Advocacy Track” Agenda can be found on the Capitol Hill Day Info Page – www.endhomelessness.org

Hill Day Logistics


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Reflects critical issues being considered AS WE SPEAK

Issues we can impact at the time of the conference

Issues you have been working on for several months

Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda


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Several policies are moving forward

Prioritizing issues for each meeting is CRITICAL

Less issues = more progress

Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda


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Deciding on an issue:

Is your Senator or Representative on a committee considering one of these policies?

What have they supported in the past?

We can help you find this info!

Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda


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Next Steps – Program Regulations and Funding Source

HUD to release distribution formula by July 30

Administration and Congress proposed a $1 billion mandatory (not subjected to appropriations) allocation.

Congress and the Administration are working to identify a funding source / off-set.

Chairman Frank’s proposal – TARP for Main Street Act

National Housing Trust Fund


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Targets:

House Financial Services Committee

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee

Action Needed:

Work with the Administration to approve a $1 billion mandatory allocation for the Trust.

National Housing Trust Fund


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Talking Points:

What leave-behinds should you bring from home?

Local rise in recession-related poverty = increased need for affordable rental housing

Deep targeting increases access to housing for people who are homeless or at risk

Resources are directed to many of the households you serve - 75 % to households below 30% AMI

National Housing Trust Fund: Policy Request


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Committee proposed $1.85 billion

$173 million (10%) increase over FY 2009

Continues policies--30% set aside, SPC renewals, 25% services match.

No new pilot initiatives.

HUD Homeless Assistance Grants


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Key Points:

Contact Senators on Appropriations Committee about increasing HUD homeless assistance funding right away.

Next year we will need big increase for HUD McKinney funding.

HUD Homeless Assistance Grants


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Committee proposed $18.242 billion

$1.2 billion increase over FY 2009, but that overstates the increase.

$75 million for approximately 10,000 new VASH vouchers

No new FUP, Disability, or other incremental vouchers.

Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers


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Public Housing increases $345M operating, $50M Capital, $129M HOPE VI.

CDBG: $725 million increase

HOPWA: $40 million (13%) increase

HOME: $175 million (10%) increase

202: $235 million (31%) increase

811: $100 million (40%!) increase

Other HUD programs


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Update:

House Financial Services Committee began marking up SEVRA on July 9

SEVRA has not been introduced in the Senate

Action Needed:

House Members:

Vote for SEVRA, H.R. 3045

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Members:

Urge Chairman Dodd to pass a Section Eight Voucher Reform bill this year

Talking Points:

SEVRA – a no-cost way to increase program’s resources, use existing resources more efficiently

Authorizes new, highly-needed vouchers

Section Eight Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA)


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Update:

Senator Reed (D-RI) is expected to introduce a bill shortly in the Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Rep Nye (D-VA) introduced a prevention bill

Homes for Heroes (H.R. 403/S.1160) passed the House and has been introduced in the Senate Banking Committee

Action Needed:

Final legislation should increase the capacity of the VA to provide assistance to all veterans who are homeless or are at risk through rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, short-term emergency assistance, and outreach services

Veterans legislation to prevent and end homelessness:


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