Alliance Commends Senate for Passing McKinney-Vento Reauthorization


National Alliance to End Homelessness

Press Releases | May 7, 2009

Contact: Catherine An, 202-942-8297

Alliance Commends Senate for Passing McKinney-Vento Reauthorization
Bipartisan bill allocates $530 million dollars more for efforts to prevent and end homelessness

Washington, D.C. – Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, applauded the Senate today for passing the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act authored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Kit Bond (R-MO). The Reed-Bond bill, which was included as part of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, would place an increased emphasis on homelessness prevention and helping homeless people rapidly move into stable housing while continuing the emphasis on creating permanent supportive housing for individuals and families with disabilities who experience long term homelessness.

“The personal and economic costs of homelessness are immense. During this severe recession, it is more important than ever that we help people who have no other place to turn,” said Roman, whose organization projects that one million more people may become homeless as a result of the economic downturn. “We know how to reduce homelessness, and this bill will provide communities with new resources and better tools to prevent and end homelessness.”

The HEARTH Act reauthorizes HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs, which provide millions of dollars to community efforts to prevent and end homelessness. This bill represents a bipartisan compromise forged from countless hours of discussion with congressional and coalition partners. It increases funding for homelessness prevention, emphasizes proven solutions to homelessness, including rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing, and provides more flexibility to communities.

Roman praised the efforts of both congressional and coalition partners, specifically thanking Sens. Jack Reed (D – RI) and Kit Bond (R – MO) for their courageous leadership and persistence on the issue. Roman called upon members of Congress to ensure the rapid consideration and passage of the HEARTH Act in the final McKinney-Vento reauthorization bill.