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Housing Update: House Committee Passes Bills Expanding Supportive Housing and Homeless Programs
This past week the House Financial Services Committee approved separate bills reforming the HUD Section 811 Program (HR 5772) and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (HR 840).

Support Reauthorization of Critical Homeless Programs
This week the House Financial Services Committee will take up legislation reauthorizing programs under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This includes a range of critical resources that meet the needs of individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders that experience chronic homelessness.

Why is the Housing Trust Fund Important for NAMI?
The Housing Trust Fund is the first new federal housing production program since the HOME program was created in 1990 and the first new production program specifically targeted to extremely low income households since the Section 8 program was created in 1974.

Congress Approves Housing Trust Fund!
As is being widely reported in the press, Congress has sent to the President a massive housing package that includes legislation designed to prevent mortgage foreclosures, reform Federal Housing Administration and shore up the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Included in the bill are a number of critical provisions to foster development of rental housing serving individuals with extremely low incomes, chief among them a new Housing Trust Fund.

Background Information on HR 5772
Learn more about the the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008.

NAMI's Letter of Support for HR 5772
Read NAMI's letter of support for the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008.

NAMI Board Member Nancy Carter Testifies on the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Program
On October 16, Nancy Carter, President of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and a member of the NAMI National Board of Directors testified before the House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee on the McKinney-Vento program and federal policy regarding homelessness and mental illness.

Priced Out in 2006
This new report from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities demonstrates that there is a growing affordable housing crisis for non-elderly adults with mental illness living on SSI.

Deep Cut Proposed for Section 811, Funding for Homeless Programs and Section 8 Vouchers Boosted
The President is requesting $36.15 billion in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY 2008, nearly $2 billion below the amount that Congress is soon expected to approve for the agency for the current fiscal year.

Federal Disaster Response Legislation Moves Forward
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Financial Services Committee reported major legislation reforming the federal Stafford Act (the principal federal law governing disaster response) addressing significant deficiencies in both natural disaster planning and emergency housing response that were experienced by evacuees with serious mental illness across the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Senate Appropriations Committee Clears FY 2007 HUD Budget
On July 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY 2007. The legislation, known as the Treasury-Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill (HR 5576), includes a total of $36 billion for HUD for FY 2007, $1.2 billion above the President's request.

NAMI Testimony FY07 HUD Budget
Statement of Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia to the transportation-treasury-hud committee regarding FY07 Funding for the department of housing and urban development

Background info HUD Section 811 and proposed HUD budget FY 2007
Detailed information on the HUD Section 811 program and the proposed HUD budget for FY 2007

Senate Passes Landrieu Amendment
Senate Passes Landrieu Amendment Adding Emergency Funding for Supportive Housing for Hurricane Evacuees With Mental Illness and Other Disabilities

FY 2007 HUD Budget Facing Cuts
Alert on fighting Cuts to Housing Programs Targeted to People with Mental Illness and Other Disibalities - Funding for HUD Section 811 At Risk

Priced Out in 2004
A new national study verifies that low-income people with disabilities (including non-elderly adults living with mental illnesses) are experiencing a national housing affordability crisis, paying an average of 109 percent of their monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) income to rent a modest one-bedroom apartment and 96 percent to rent an efficiency at fair market value.

Talking Points on the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
The President's budget proposes an unprecedented deep cut for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.

Housing and Homelessness
Access to decent, safe, and affordable housing remains a tremendous challenge for adults living with severe mental illnesses. Unfortunately, in virtually every part of the United States, people with severe mental illnesses are struggling to find quality housing they can afford. Many people with the most severe and disabling mental illnesses also need access to appropriate services and supports so that they can successfully live in community-based housing, which promotes their independence and dignity.

Housing: An Overview
Access to decent, safe, and affordable housing remains a tremendous challenge for adults with severe mental illnesses.