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Tell Congress to Fund Housing and Homeless Programs for People with Serious Mental Illness!

November 20, 2007

The stalemate between the President and Congress over the FY 2008 budget continues with additional vetoes expected when Congress returns from its current holiday recess on December 4.  Last week, the House sustained the President’s veto of legislation funding labor, health and education programs, by a vote of 277-141, just a few votes short of the 2/3 margin needed to override the veto. Also last week, the House cleared a separate bill funding housing and homelessness programs for FY 2008.  The vote was 270-147 – just shy of the margin needed to override an expected Presidential veto.


Contact Congress and urge them to fund critical housing programs, by voting to override the President’s veto of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill, HR 3074.  This legislation includes restoration of proposed funding cuts to a Section 811, a critical housing program for people with serious mental illness and other disabilities and increases for programs to address chronic homelessness.

Learn how this bill (HR 3074) affects people with severe mental illness. See how your House member voted last week on this legislation. And, view additional analysis detailing differences between HR 3074 and the President’s FY 2008 request for HUD programs

Click here to learn more about the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill, HR 3043