Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2020 HUD Bill with Significant Funding Increases for HOME and Other HUD Programs

By: Althea Arnold
May 23, 2019 —

On May 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding bill, which provides $50.1 billion for HUD programs, $5.9 billion more than the FY 2019 enacted level and $13.4 billion more than the Administration’s FY 2020 budget request. During the Subcommittee markup, Chairman David Price (D-NC) noted that this “generous allocation” allowed the Subcommittee to make targeted investments in infrastructure, safety, and serving vulnerable populations while also accounting for the fact HUD needs $3.1 billion more in FY 2020 just to maintain level funding given inflation and a drop this year in FHA receipts that are used to offset the HUD budget. Speaking of affordable housing as infrastructure, Price highlighted that the FY 2020 THUD bill provides $1.75 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program—$500 million more than current levels—and added that this funding will “translate to 30,000 additional units of affordable housing.”

Ranking Member Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) also spoke of housing as infrastructure and commended the FY 2020 THUD bill for building on recent funding increases to key programs. He also shared that many member requests were accommodated in this bill and noted the importance of the appropriations process being member driven. Díaz-Balart was concerned, however, that the THUD bill, and the other FY 2020 appropriations bills, were written to higher spending limits than current statute allows. Diaz-Balart said Congress and the Administration must negotiate a spending deal to give appropriators real topline numbers to work with, or face significant spending cuts in FY 2020.

HUD funding highlights of the bill include:

  • $1.75 billion for HOME, $500 million or 40 percent more than FY 2019 enacted. If enacted, this would be the highest HOME appropriation in a decade. The Administration’s FY 2020 budget request proposed to eliminate HOME.
  • Extends HOME’s 24-month commitment deadline suspension for participating jurisdictions and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) through 2022.
  • $12.6 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, $843 million above the 2019 enacted level and $570 million above the President’s budget request. The Subcommittee believes this is enough to renew all project-based rental assistance contracts and provides $345 million for contract administration.
  • $21.4 billion for Housing Choice Voucher (voucher) renewals, $1 billion above the 2019 enacted level.
  • $1.9 billion for voucher administrative fees, 2 percent more than FY 2019.
  • $25 million for a voucher mobility demonstration. Up to $5 million of these funds could be used for vouchers, and the rest would be for mobility-related services, including pre- and post-move counseling and rent deposits, to help families with children move to areas of opportunity.
  • $2.8 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, 6 percent or $164 million above the FY 2019 enacted level.
  • $3.6 billion for Community Development Block Grants, $300 million above the FY 2019 enacted level.
  • $258.5 million for Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities capital advance and project rental assistance, 41 percent or $75 million more than enacted in FY 2019.
  • $803 million for the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program, 18 percent or $125 million above the FY 2019 enacted level. $95 million would be set aside for service coordinators.
  • $60 million for Housing Counseling Assistance, 20 percent above the FY 2019 enacted level.
  • $290 million for the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes grants, 11 percent above the FY 2019 enacted level.

For more information on specific program funding levels, please see NCSHA’s Appropriations Chart.

HUD policy provisions in the bill include:

The House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY 2020 THUD bill the week of June 4, when the chamber returns from its Memorial Day recess. The Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to schedule any markups of their FY 2020 bills.

This article courtesy of NCSHA


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