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Housing Update:  House Committee Passes Bills Expanding Supportive Housing and Homeless Programs

August 6, 2008

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).  NAMI supports both bills as vital to modernizing and expanding two critical sources of permanent supportive housing for people living with serious mental illness.  The full House is expected to take up both bills when Congress returns from its August recess the week of September 8.

In addition to the bills on Section 811 and homeless programs, Congress also passed (and President Bush signed) a massive housing and mortgage foreclosure prevention package that includes major provisions designed to expand investment in affordable rental housing for households with extremely low incomes (including supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness). 

Collectively, these actions are the most important actions taken by Congress on housing for people with mental illness in decades. 

Learn More

View details on the Section 811 reform legislation (HR 5772).
View details on the McKinney-Vento Homeless legislation (HR 840).
View details on the housing and mortgage package recently signed in to law (HR 3221).