URGENT: Tell Congress To Sign On To More Funds for Homelessness During COVID-19
Over the course of the past month, advocates like you sent more than 17,000 letters to your Members of Congress, urging them to make emergency investments in the homelessness system as part of the COVID-19 supplemental spending bill. Because of your efforts, Congress allocated an unprecedented amount of resources to help people experiencing homelessness during this crisis.
Unfortunately, it's not enough. As this pandemic has worsened, we now understand that we need far more resources to safely shelter and house our homeless neighbors. We also know that more people are falling into homelessness as this public health crisis becomes an economic crisis.
The House is beginning work on the next round of COVID-19 supplemental funding. And so, we need you again. Please ask your Representatives to join the House Homelessness Caucus "Dear Colleague" sign-on letter, from Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairs of the caucus. It calls for increased funding for three initiatives:
$11.5 billion for solutions grants (ESG) funding to ensure homeless individuals and families are safely sheltered from COVID-19.
$3 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers so that people being temporarily housed in motels and motels – including vulnerable elderly, disabled, and sick people experiencing homelessness, don't become homeless again when the pandemic recedes.
$100 billion for rental assistance so that those benefitting from the eviction moratoria aren't evicted after the pandemic. Rental assistance also helps landlords and other housing providers.