Shaheen is helping introduce a bill to help local governments reduce homelessness

January 25, 2023

**Legislation would allow funding for housing and full services including mental health, substance Abuse.**

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in launching the Combating homelessness through the Services and Housing Acta bill to provide $1 billion annually to help local governments tackle homelessness.

The bill recognizes that tackling homelessness requires additional affordable housing, as well as mental health care, substance abuse treatment and job training. Cities and counties applying for grants under this bill would be responsible for providing housing and supporting services.

Grantees would be required to provide 25 percent of project funding and report measures of success, including whether individuals remain housed.

“The pandemic has significantly exacerbated home insecurity throughout New Hampshire and across the country,” said Shaheen. “The housing need is particularly acute for Granite Staters who are struggling with other crises such as substance abuse or mental health issues that have been on the rise in many communities. Tackling homelessness often requires a comprehensive approach, as proposed in this legislation, to address the intersection of these challenges and create a long-term solution for individuals struggling with homelessness. I will continue to advocate in the Senate to ensure Granite Staters have the services and support they need to have a safe place to call home.”

the Tackling homelessness through services and housing Law:

  • Grants $1 billion annually for five years to fund supportive housing schemes that provide housing coupled with comprehensive services and intensive case management.
  • Requires a 25 percent match for services and housing from non-state funds.
  • Allows grants to be used for any combination of operational and capital construction costs as long as housing and service requirements are met.
  • Requires grantees to track results and report on housing stability and improvements in health and well-being, including children’s education.

The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Senator Shaheen is a Senate leader dedicated to tackling homelessness and supporting at-risk Granite Staters. This week she announced over $3.5 million she had secured through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program for New Hampshire. These funds were approved by Congressional Democrats’ American Rescue Plan Act and signed into law by President Biden to help New Hampshire renters with rent and other housing costs, including energy and utilities. She also spearheaded legislation to ensure thousands of low-income renters in rural areas continued to have access to safe and affordable housing. Shaheen has fought to protect New Hampshire homeowners and renters who have been left vulnerable by the COVID-19 public health emergency. America’s bailout plan, passed in March 2021, earmarked nearly $50 billion for housing, including support for vulnerable renters and homeowners. This is in addition to the $25 billion in emergency rental assistance included in the December 2020 COVID-19 emergency assistance legislation that Shaheen helped lead as part of the “908 Coalition.”

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