Sens. Reed and Bond Team up with Mayor Fenty to Announce New Approach to Preventing Homelessness Nat

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Press Releases | May 4, 2009

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Monday, May 4, 2009
CONTACT: Jennifer Berlin (Reed), 202-224-4642
Shana Marchio (Bond), 202-224-0309
 
Sens. Reed and Bond Team up with Mayor Fenty to Announce New Approach to Preventing Homelessness Nationwide
 
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, May 6th, at 11:30 a.m. U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Kit Bond (R-MO) will join with District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty, local homeless women from N Street Village, and advocates for the homeless, to announce a new approach that would help communities prevent and reduce homelessness nationwide.  The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 provides $2.2 billion for targeted homelessness assistance grant programs.  It increases current levels of funding for homelessness assistance grants by $600 million and allocates up to $440 million for homelessness prevention initiatives.  This bill would also:
 
·        Create a new $250 million prevention initiative that would allow cities and towns to serve people who are about to be evicted, live in severely overcrowded housing, or otherwise live in an unstable situation that puts them at risk of homelessness. 
 
·        Require HUD to provide incentives for communities to implement proven strategies to significantly reduce homelessness. 
 
·        Provide local communities with greater flexibility to spend money on preventing homelessness. 
 
According to the Homelessness Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year.  The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness estimates that there were over 6,000 homeless persons in the District of Columbia in 2008.  And as a result of the recession, 1 million additional Americans nationwide are likely to experience homelessness over the next two years. 
 
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness by developing cost-effective policy solutions, informing policy debates, and educating the public and opinion leaders.
 
N Street Village is a nonprofit social services community in Washington, DC, that provides a spectrum of services to meet the needs of over 600 homeless and extremely low-income women as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. 
 
WHO: U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Kit Bond (R-MO);
Adrian Fenty, Mayor, District of Columbia;
Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness; and
DC residents from N Street Village who have experienced homelessness
 
WHAT: Press conference to announce the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009
 
WHEN: Wednesday, May 6th, at 11:30 a.m.
 
WHERE: HELP Committee Hearing Room 430, Senate Dirksen Office Building
 
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