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National Coalition for the Homeless

January 10, 2019

How the Gov. Shutdown is Impacting our Communities
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The President and Congress still have no agreement to end the partial government shutdown. Besides the lives of 800,000 federal employees across the country who are not receiving paychecks, it is coming to light how deeply our communities are being affected. We are particularly concerned about Food and Housing assistance. 


First, the USDA has released funds to ensure all SNAP benefits are paid through February. However, with no end to the shutdown in sight, millions of households could be in danger of not being able to eat as of March 1st. 


Read more from: 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Food Research and Action Center


An immediate concern for housing programs is the renewal of 1,100 Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) properties housing tens of thousands of low-income renters. These 1,100 privately owned properties were up for renewal of their federal contracts in December, and there are many more that are due to expire later in January and February. If the shutdown continues, tens of thousands of low-income (many elderly and people with disabilities) will be in danger of being evicted.


Read more from: 

Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding National Low Income Housing Coalition


If you can, please call your Congressional members to urge them to end this shutdown by passing full-year spending bills that provide strong funding levels to affordable housing programs as soon as possible!


Other Updates: 
1. NCH released its Hate Crimes report on Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, December 21st. Though numbers dropped in 2017, since we began tracking incidents in 1999, there have been 483 people experiencing homelessness who have been murdered in acts of bias-motivated violence. This is nearly 3 times as many (183) lethal attacks as the FBI has tracked during the same time for all federally-protected classes combined. Additionally in this report, we examined some of the cities that have been releasing reports on deaths among homeless populations. Using this data, we have estimated that at least 13,000 homeless folks pass each year – that is an average of 36 people a day

2. Something we have been noticing is that much of the harassment and violence folks on the streets are experiencing is becoming more institutional. We all know well the harassment doled out by police and city officials, but there have been a number of vigilante-type anti-homeless groups coming to light. A group in Portland recently received media attention for their harassment of homeless folks. Right2Survive has released this statement in response. 

3. HUD privatization of public housing. We all know homelessness is due in large part to reduced funding for federal affordable housing programs that began in the 1970's. However, in November, HUD sent a letter to Public Housing Agencies signalling the intention to "reposition," or greatly reduce public housing stock through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. At a time when the country's infrastructure, especially our housing infrastructure, is in decline, this is the wrong time to release even more publically affordable units to private landlords! We will be a holding a larger discussion around privatization of public housing in early February. Email Annie (aleomporra@nationalhomeless.org) to join!
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Community Revitalization Fellowship for grassroots community leaders! 

The Center for Community Progress is launching a new nine-month fellowship to help grassroots community leaders revitalize neighborhoods that are struggling with vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment. Learn more & download the Request for Applications Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 22, 2019.


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