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What’s Happening on the Hill: June 23, 2015

House Hearing Explores Options for Providing Surplus Properties to Homeless Service Providers

On Tuesday, June 16, the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing to examine options for moving underutilized properties owned by the federal government onto the local tax rolls or into the hands of local service providers.

“This can be a win-win solution for the taxpayer, local governments, and homeless assistance providers,” said subcommittee chairman Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA).

At the hearing, Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, testified that, under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless service providers have a right of first refusal to acquire surplus property at no cost before the federal government can offer the property to state or local governments or sell it.

“Title V is a proven vehicle for assisting America’s homeless with no cost to taxpayers,” she said. “We are committed to pursuing all available avenues to ensure that federal agencies do not continue to hoard surplus property that could…improve the lives of homeless individuals and families.”

Hearing video, documents

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee to Mark Up Spending Bill

The Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to mark-up its fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending bill today, Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00am.The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the FY 2016 T-HUD bill later this week.

HUD: Conversion Now an Option for Mod Rehab and SRO Projects

On Monday, June 15, HUD released a notice regarding the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) that impacts Continuums of Care and Public Housing Agencies. The Notice allows Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) Single Room Occupancy (SRO) projects that were funded under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to convert to either Project-Based Vouchers or Project-Based Rental Assistance under RAD.

Read the Notice

You can access the 2015 Congressional Calendar for information on when each chamber plans to be in session this year.

For more information on where we currently stand in the federal funding process and the status of funding for homeless assistance programs, visit our Funding for Homelessness Programs page.