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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
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.
View details on the Section 811 reform legislation (HR 5772).