Hastings Introduces Legislation to Address Chronic Homelessness

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Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019 | comments
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings introduced the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act, legislation requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to design national strategies to address chronic homelessness and establish new supportive housing services and programs to assist chronically homeless individuals. The legislation establishes matching grants for eligible entities to provide services promoting recovery and self-sufficiency and report performance outcome data on the projects carried out under the Act. Joining Hastings as original cosponsors include: Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jimmy Gomez (D-TN), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), James P. McGovern (D-MA), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.-at-large). (Please find attached a copy of the legislation): 
“As we continue to prioritize ending homelessness in America, the unfortunate reality is that nearly 100,000 Americans remain chronically homeless. These Americans experience homelessness for longer than a year, or cycle in and out of homelessness due to disabling conditions. That is why I am introducing the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act, which will help overcome the challenges we face in alleviating the widespread problem of chronic homelessness across the country. 

“Unstable housing impacts the lives of millions of Americans every year, and addressing this problem will help get chronically homeless individuals and families off the streets. My bill provides for innovative new requirements for the Department of Health and Human Services to end the problem of unstable housing. By focusing our efforts here, we can improve housing outcomes and better transition chronically homeless individuals into stable housing.

“Allowing men, women, and children to live on the streets is not a standard America should be willing to accept. As the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, I will continue to prioritize efforts to end homelessness across our country."

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.


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