November 20, 2007
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Table of Contents:
THUD Appropriations Update
National Affordable Housing Trust
Second Chance Act
NAHC Dallas Regional Meeting
Presentation at USCA
Upcoming: Spanish Version of
the NAHC Policy Toolkit
NAHC Needs Assessment Survey
November 15, 2007
THUD Appropriations Update
On November 13,
2007, by a vote of 270-147 (5 votes short of the number needed to
override a threatened veto, the House approved the conference report
( H. Report 110-446 to accompany H.R. 3074) the Transportation,
Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations
provides $300.1 million for HOPWA as included in the President's
budget and approved by both the House and Senate. The amount
includes up to $1.485 for technical assistance.
The Senate may not act on the measure
until after the Thanksgiving recess.
The President has threatened to veto the measure because it exceeds
his budget request by $3 billion.
Click here to access the link to The Statement of Administration
Stay tuned for further NAHC updates with actions you can take as the
THUD bill moves forward.
October 11, 2007
House Passes National Affordable
Housing Trust Fund Bill
On October 10,
2007 by a vote of 264-148, the House passed a measure
that would establish
national housing trust fund. H.R.2895 the National
Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 would direct
dedicated sources of funding for
the production, preservation and rehabilitation of 1.5 million
affordable homes over the course of 10 years
with a majority of
the funding targeted to extremely low income people, including
people with HIV/AIDS.
Passage of the bill was made possible by
two key votes: the first opposing the
amendment which would have eliminated program funding sources and
decreased the goal of affordable housing units to just 750,000, and
the second victory opposing a motion to recommit the bill back to
the House subcommittee for further consideration.
Chairman Frank (MA) of the House Financial Services Committee, who
managed the bill on the floor, cited AIDS Housing in an exchange
with Ranking Member Bachus (AL).
Click here for the text of the exchange.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are
over 9 million extremely low income households and about one-third
of them lack affordable housing. After previous ill-fated
attempts to pass the trust fund bill, it finally has a chance to be
considered by the Senate. This is a step in the right
direction for all of us.
Now is time to thank your Representative for his or her support if
they voted in favor of passage.
To see how your Representative voted, go to
October 9, 2007
On October 1, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
(AFC) staff delivered 1,649 petitions (left) to Mayor Richard M.
Daley and Chicago aldermen on behalf of city residents in favor of a
$1.5 million increase in AIDS housing services. Chicago’s 50
aldermen each received petitions signed by their constituents,
showcasing broad-based, city-wide support for $1.5 million in new
city funding for AIDS housing.
October 3, 2007
HASA 4 ALL
Rally Attracts Hundreds in New York
people rallied on the steps of City Hall last week to support
expanding the services of the HIV/AIDS Service Administration (HASA)
to provide housing assistance to all needy low-income and homeless
HIV-positive New Yorkers.
A coalition of
more than 40 advocacy organizations pledged support for prospective
legislation called "HASA For All" and is pressing the city to act on
the draft bill, which was announced to coalition members early last
month by Councilwoman Annabel Palma, a Bronx Democrat who has not
actually introduced it in City Council.
September 21, 2007
Senate Passes FY 08 HOPWA Funding at
On Tuesday, September 11th, the Senate approved the Fiscal Year 2008
Transportation, HUD, and related agencies (THUD) appropriation bill
including $300 million dollars for HOPWA. Although the Senate
approved the President's HOPWA budget request, already adopted by
the House in July, the THUD bill still faces a veto threat due to
the $3.1 billion increase for the account over the Administration's
budget request. Despite passing with a two-thirds majority vote in
the Senate, President Bush has threatened to veto any appropriations
bill that does not match his initial recommendations. The
Administration says the FY 08 THUD bill "includes an irresponsible
and excessive level of spending" and that Congress should "cover the
excess spending in this bill through reductions elsewhere, while
ensuring the Department of Defense has the resources necessary to
accomplish its mission". Given hard- lined presidential opposition,
Congress must now rework their strategy to ensure that THUD programs
are fully funded. The THUD bill is expected to be included in
continuing resolution which will keep its programs funded for some
period after the October 1 start of the new fiscal year.
Click here to view the National Low Income Housing Coalition's
updated FY 08 budget chart for HUD programs.
September 13, 2007
Maxwell Awards of Excellence:
October 31, 2007
The Fannie Mae Foundation, in collaboration with the Partnership to
End Long Term Homelessness, will present four awards to
nonprofit/for profit collaborations to recognize outstanding
development of supportive and affordable housing for homeless
individuals and families. The Maxwell Awards of
Excellence program showcases the outstanding work of nonprofit
organizations in developing and maintaining affordable housing. Each
2007 Maxwell Awards recipient will receive a $75,000 grant to
continue its work in the field of supportive and affordable housing
for homeless individuals and families.
across the country are invited to submit applications for
projects. The application and instructions are available at:
September 5, 2007
NAHC Launches Policy Toolkit
the National AIDS Housing Coalition unveils its Policy Toolkit. The
Policy Toolkit, developed through a grant from the San Francisco
AIDS Foundation, translates research findings confirming the
critical role of housing in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment
into a user friendly format to inform public policy at the local,
state and federal level.
Click here to view the
Click here to view the toolkit.
August 21, 2007
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Table of Contents:
House HOPWA Level
Principles for HOPWA Formula Update
NAHC Testifies on Reauthorization of
Federal Homeless Programs
Presentation at NAEH Annual
International AIDS Housing
Second Chance Act Reported from
NAHC Welcomes New Policy Assistant
August 1, 2007
Trust Fund Bill Passes House Committee
Yesterday, July 31, the House Financial Services Committee passed
the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 (HR 2895) by
a bipartisan vote of 45 to 23.
bill, introduced by Chairman Barney Frank of Massachusetts along
with 16 original cosponsors, would create a new housing program
using a dedicated source of funding that would produce,
rehabilitate, and preserve 1.5 million units of affordable housing
over 10 years.
is long-time endorser of the National Housing Trust Fund and has
been one of the key organizations working towards its passage.
Click here to read a press release from the National Low Income
Housing Coalition with more information on yesterday's markup and on
Click here to read the Financial Services Committee press
release on the passage.
you called your Representative yesterday in support of the bill,
thank you! The committee passage of the bill would not have occurred
without your support.
full House is expected to take up the bill sometime after the August
July 31, 2007
Call Your FS
Member Right Away to Support the Housing Trust Fund
CALL TOLL FREE 877-210-5351
Calls are needed to members of the Financial Services Cte. Please
click here to view a list of committee members. If your
Representative appears on this list, call his or her office right
away to support the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of
2007 (H.R. 2895) which is being considered by the committee right
to Action from the National Low Income Housing Coalition for
constituents of the Financial Services Cte Members:
House Committee on Financial Services to vote on H.R. 2895 TODAY!
CALL TOLL FREE 877-210- 5351
are receiving this message because your Representative is on the
House Committee on Financial Services.
Please contact your Representative NOW and urge him or her to
support or oppose the following amendments to H.R. 2895, the
National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007, which will be
marked up starting at 11:00am EDT TODAY.
Manager's amendment offered by Representative Frank (D-MA)
(R-DE) amendment which offers a compromise on income targeting
acceptable to the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign.
the Miller (R-CA) amendment that will require that 10% of the
funds benefit households with incomes above 50% of the area
any other amendments that weaken income targeting to households
with incomes at or below 30% of the area median.
H.R. 2895 overall and the establishment of the National
Affordable Housing Trust Fund with dedicated sources of revenue.
877-210-5351 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative to
relay the above points and this simple message: "I represent X
organization (or live in X community). Please tell Congressperson X
to support H.R. 2895 and to preserve dedicated funding sources, as
well as the deep income targeting. This bill will help my community
(or the communities I work with) address pressing affordable housing
Please call TODAY to support the National Affordable Housing Trust
can watch the Committee hearing by going to the following link:
July 30, 2007
Washington Post Editorial Calls for Passage of Housing Trust Fund
Read the article here:
July 27, 2007
Action Alert on McKinney Vento Reauthorization
National AIDS Housing Coalition strongly supports S. 1518, the
Community Partnership To End Homelessness Act of 2007 (CEPHA),
scheduled for mark-up in the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday,
August 1. The measure will effectively consolidate and streamline
the federal low income housing programs that respond to
homelessness. NAHC 's Research Summit initiative includes
documented findings that up to 60% of persons with HIV/AIDS have
experienced homelessness or unstable housing during the course
of their illness and NAHC has adopted a policy imperative making
housing homeless persons a top prevention priority.
CEPHA will include an update to the definition of homelessness
recommended by NAHC in testimony before the Committee in June and
includes important prevention and rehousing provisions, a Rural
Stability program and shifts permanent supportive housing renewals
to the housing certificate fund, freeing up dollars for the creation
of more supportive housing.
If your Senator is a member of the Senate Banking Committee (see
list below), phone today,
speak to the staffer who handles housing. Ask that person to convey
to the Senator why the reauthorization of the McKinney Vento
Homeless Assistance programs through CEPHA is important to your
community and ask support for S. 1518. All Senate offices can be
reached through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202)224-3121.
Senate Banking Committee
Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman (D-CT)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Robert P. Casey (D-PA)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Richard C. Shelby, Ranking Member (R- AL)
Robert F. Bennett (R-UT)
Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Michael B. Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
John E. Sununu (R-NH)
Elizabeth Dole (R-NC)
Mel Martinez (R-FL)
July 25, 2007
HOPWA Mentioned on House Floor During T/HUD Consideration
Yesterday, during consideration of the Transportation/HUD
Appropriations (T/HUD) bill by the full House, Representative
Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) used time on the floor to discuss the merits
of the HOPWA program and to praise the increase in funding for FY08.
Mr. Nadler, "HOPWA is the only Federal housing program that
specifically provides cities and states with the resources to
address the housing crisis facing people living with HIV/AIDS.
Americans living with HIV/AIDS are often forced to choose between
expensive drug treatments and necessities such as housing."
Congressman also cited research presented at NAHC's Housing and
HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series. Mr. Nadler went on to say,
"According to the National AIDS Housing Network, rates of new HIV
diagnoses among the homeless are 16 times the rate in the general
population, and HIV/AIDS death rates are five to seven times higher.
People with AIDS who are homeless are more likely to be uninsured,
use an emergency room, and be admitted to a hospital." (Note: NAHC
was mistakenly referred to as a "Network" in this dialogue.)
After two days of discussion and debate, the House voted to pass the
T/HUD FY08 Appropriations bill, including the $14 million increase
for HOPWA, bring the funding level up to the $300.1 million
requested by the President. It is still unknown when the full Senate
will consider the bill.
Click here to view the full text of Mr. Nadler's comments on the
House Floor (beginning at the bottom of column two on page H8387 and
continuing on page H8388.)
you reside in Mr. Nadler's district (NY-8th), please take a moment
to call his office (DC: 202-225-5635) to thank him for advocating
July 12, 2007
Recent Action on HOPWA Appropriations
Yesterday, July 11, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T/HUD) marked up the
FY08 funding bill. Just like the President's recommended level and
the House Subcommittee passed level, the Senate Subcommittee
approved a level of $300.1 million. The full Appropriations
Committee on the Senate side is scheduled to consider the bill
full House Appropriations committee also considered the T/HUD bill
and funded HOPWA at the same level. It is unknown when the House
bill will go to the floor.
$300.1 million level for HOPWA is an almost 5% increase over the
FY07 level of $286 million for the program, but far below NAHC's
recommendation of $454 million.
July 3, 2007
Call to Action: Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 2895
National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 (H.R. 2895), was
introduced on June 28, 2007 by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA),
Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. He was joined by 15
other original co-sponsors, for a total of 8 Democrats and 8
Republicans, including: Maxine Waters (D-CA), Jim Ramstad (R-MN),
Christopher Shays (R-CT), Barbara Lee (D-CA). William Lacy Clay
(D-MO), Charles Dent (R-PA), Phil English (R-PA), Al Green (D-TX),
Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), John McHugh (R-NY),
Gary Miller (R-CA), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Rick Renzi (R-AZ),
Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Nydia Velázquez (D- NY).
that the bill has been introduced with such strong bipartisan
support, it is time to show the sheer number of members of Congress
who support this important legislation. If your Representative is
not on the above list, please take some time this week and next to
call and request that he or she become a co- sponsor of H.R. 2895.
Here's what to do:
Call your Representative's office, which can be reached through the
Capitol Switchboard at 202-225- 3121. (Don't know who your Rep. is?
www.house.gov to find out.)
Ask to speak to the staff member who handles housing issues.
Once you get the staff member on the phone, tell him or her that
that you are a constituent and that you would like the
Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2895, the National Affordable
Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 which will produce 1.5 million units
of affordable housing over 10 years.
that Congress is currently on 4th of July recess and your Member may
be back in your district right now. This is the perfect to time to
call their local offices (info at www.house.gov) or to try and grab
a second with your Representative if you see him or her at an
Independence Day event.
June 28, 2007
AIDS Housers Applaud Introduction of National Affordable Housing
Trust Fund Bill
Washington, D.C. June 28, 2007.
At noon today in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill,
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial
Services Committee, announced introduction the National Affordable
Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007.
would create a dedicated source of funding for the production,
preservation, and rehabilitation of 1.5 million units of affordable
housing over 10 years.
The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) is a
long-time organizational endorser of the Trust Fund and has actively
participated in the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign for many
HIV/AIDS housing providers and clients have a
particular interest in increasing America’s affordable housing
stock. Recent research presented at NAHC’s National Housing and
HIV/AIDS Research Summit series demonstrates
prevalence of HIV/AIDS is up to nine times higher among persons who
are homeless compared with persons with stable housing;
60% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS report a lifetime experience
of homelessness or housing instability; and
of housing has been found consistently to be associated with HIV
positive persons not receiving appropriate medical care.
“The deep targeting included in this legislation,
mandating that at least 75% of funds must serve extremely low-income
(ELI) families, is a particularly vital component to the bill,” said
Nancy Bernstine, NAHC Executive Director. “HIV/AIDS
disproportionately affects low-income populations.” Some HIV
positive persons who are ill and unable to work survive solely on
Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The national average for SSI in
2006 was $632 per month, meaning that SSI earners must spend 113.1%
of their income to afford a one-bedroom apartment at Fair Market
According the National Low Income Housing Coalition,
there is shortage of roughly 2.8 million homes affordable and
available to ELI households. The establishment of a National
Housing Trust Fund would be a major step toward solving the
country’s affordable housing crisis.
Representatives Charles Dent (R-PA), Philip English
(R-PA), Al Green (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), John McHugh (R-NY),
Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Rick Renzi (R -AZ), Chris
Shays (R-CT), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Maxine Waters (D-CA) join
Chairman Frank in sponsoring this timely legislation. NAHC applauds
Chairman Frank and the other cosponsors for their leadership and
commitment to making sure every American has a home.
Tools for advocates:
June 19, 2007
House Appropriations Cte Postpones THUD Bill Markup
full House Appropriations committee has postponed their markup of
the Transportation/HUD appropriations bill until sometime after the
July 4th recess. The markup was originally scheduled for yesterday,
Monday, June 18th.
There is still no word on when the Senate Subcommittee will begin
consideration of the bill.
June 12, 2007
House Approps. Subcommittee Funds HOPWA at $300.1 Million
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations
Subcommittee completed their markup of the FY08 funding bill,
passing it by voice vote yesterday. The THUD Subcommittee funded
HOPWA at $300.1 million, a slight increase over the President's
request for the program.
HOPWA is currently funded at $286 million, so this represents almost
a 5% increase over FY07. The bill now must be marked up by the full
House Appropriations Cte (scheduled for the 18th), then the full
House (sometime the week of the 24th), and of course will also need
to be considered by the Senate. Stay tuned for a call-to-action
related to next week's markup.
Linda Couch, Deputy Director of the National Low Income Housing
also composed this short summary of some of the known funding levels
from yesterday's mark up:
Section 8 vouchers, $330 million increase above
president's request (within the range of what the Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities estimates is needed to renew all
Project-based Section 8, $666 million increase
above president's request (within the range of what's needed for
Community Development Block Grants, $4.18 billion
(more than a billion more than the president's request and $400
million more than FY07)
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
and Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities, level
funded with FY07 ($735 million and $237 million, respectively)
New vouchers: $30 million for 1,000 new,
incremental vouchers for homeless veterans and 3,000 new,
incremental vouchers for non-elderly disabled individuals
HOPE VI, $120 million ($120 million above
president's request and $20 million above FY07)
June 8, 2007
Housing Appropriations Subcommittee
to Markup FY08 Bill Monday
House Appropriations subcommittee that handles funding for
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) is scheduled to
markup the FY08 appropriations bill on Monday, June 11 at 3:00 PM.
Although the overall discretionary budget level (which includes HUD)
is set at 6.8% higher than the FY07 level, this does not guarantee
an increase for the HOPWA program. HOPWA is currently funded at $286
million and the President requested $300 million for the program for
FY08. NAHC recommends a funding level of $454 million.
After the THUD subcommittee marks up the bill we will learn what the
Members are suggesting for the program's funding level. The full
Appropriations Cte. is set to review the bill on June 18 and we
anticipate that the full House will consider it sometime the week of
June 25th. Advocates expect that most amendments and changes to the
bill will occur during one of these later meetings.
However, it is still important that members of the THUD subcommittee
hear from HIV/AIDS housing advocates that an increase for the HOPWA
program is essential. If your Representative sits on this
subcommittee (see list below), please call his or her office today
or Monday morning, ask to speak to the staffer that handles housing
appropriations, and tell him or her that you would like to see HOPWA
funded at the highest level possible.
House offices can be reached through the capitol switchboard at
Please stay tuned for more information and calls-to- action after
the Subcommittee considers the bill. Thank you!
THUD Approps Subcommittee
AL04 Robert Aderholt
AL05 Robert Cramer
AR01 Marion Berry
AZ04 Ed Pastor
CA34 Lucille Roybal-Allard
MA01 John Olver
MI09 Joe Knollenberg
NY25 James Walsh
OH09 Marcy Kaptur
VA05 Virgil Goode, Jr.
VA10 Frank Wolf
June 1, 2007
NAHC Launches International AIDS
The National AIDS Housing
Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of The International
AIDS Housing Roundtable!
The International AIDS Housing
Roundtable (IAHR) is a forum for discussion of issues pertaining to
homelessness and HIV and the provision of appropriate housing for
people living with HIV and AIDS. This roundtable is a project of
the USA-based National AIDS Housing Coalition. The Roundtable is
intended to provide opportunities for international dialogue toward
the development and implementation of public policies that recognize
the critical role of housing both in the prevention of HIV
transmission and in the care of people who are living with HIV and
The IAHR consists of a moderated
listserv and other distance communication methods, including
sponsored conference calls.
To learn more and to get involved,
please visit the IAHR website at
May 22, 2007
House Passes GSE Bill (H.R. 1427)
the House passed H.R. 1427 by a vote of 313 to 104. The bill was
designed to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) and also
contains language that would shift a percentage of GSE profits into
an Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) expected to raise $500 - $600
million a year.
Despite a number of attempts, both in committee and on the floor
today, to remove or weaken the Fund, the language remained. During
the first year of the Fund, money would be used for housing for
victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
bill also contained a major victory for housing advocates, language
directing that AHF money would be shifted into a National Housing
Trust Fund when one is established. This makes the GSE AHF the first
source of dedicated funding reserved for this larger trust fund,
which proponents are hoping will be used to construct or
rehabilitate 1.5 million units of affordable housing. Trust Fund
legislation will hopefully be introduced sometime this summer.
1427 now must face the Senate and approval from the administration
before becoming law. Experts wonder if changes made last week, which
weakened the power of the new GSE regulator, may make the bill less
likely to pass these hurdles.
Click here to find out how your Rep. voted on H.R. 1427.
May 17, 2007
NAHC Offering a Limited Number of
Scholarships to HIV/AIDS Housing Consumers to Attend NAEH Conference
and HOPWA Lobby Visits in DC
NAHC is pleased to offer a limited number of full and
partial scholarships for attendance to the upcoming National
Alliance to End Homelessness conference, "Ending Homelessness: The
Time is Now!" on July 9-11, 2007. Scholarship recipients will
participate in NAHC’s AIDS Housing Training Institute (at the
conference) and to make visits on Capitol Hill to educate
Congressional staff about the need for HIV/AIDS housing. NAHC is
looking for HIV/AIDS housing consumers/residents who
are hoping learn more about federal HIV/AIDS housing policy, share
their experiences, and become more active in advocacy activities.
You can find more information about the NAEH conference
content and agenda at
Scholarships MAY include air or train fare, conference fees,
and room and board. Applications must be received by
June 8, 2007 to be considered.
Click here to
download the application.
The National Alliance to End
Homelessness is also offering their own scholarships for attendance
to this conference. Please
click here for more information.
May 17, 2007
Alert on GSE Bill (H.R. 1427): Calls
Needed Immediately to Stop Amendments to Strike Money Set Aside for
Please see the below alert from the National Low Income Housing
The House will vote on amendments to H.R. 1427, the Federal Housing
Finance Reform Act of 2007 today and tomorrow, May 17 and 18. The
bill establishes an Affordable Housing Fund and then, once a
National Housing Trust Fund is established, funnels AHF monies into
the NHTF. The NHTF will rely on several sources of dedicated
funding. The bill would generate about $600 million a year for a new
National Housing Trust Fund, an incredibly important achievement for
the affordable housing community.
Several amendments have been filed to weaken or altogether do away
with the Affordable Housing Fund in H.R. 1427. All of these
amendments will be voted on between May 17 and 18 by the entire
House of Representatives. The most serious anti-Affordable Housing
Fund amendments are listed below. In particular the amendment that
was accepted in 2005 that limits funds to those whose primary
purpose is to provide affordable housing and has not engaged in
voter registration and other non-partisan voting activates is on the
Please contact the moderate Rs (list below) that we have been
focusing on to vote for H.R. 1427, but to oppose the following
Amendment #1, offered by Representative Neugebauer (R-TX). This
amendment would cap the amount that could go into the Affordable
Housing Fund annually at $520 million.
Amendment #16, offered by Representative Feeney (R- FL). This
amendment would provide that, after 2007, all Affordable Housing
Fund money would be used to fund HUD's voucher program. The
amendment also strikes language for the Fund regarding deep income
Amendment #25, offered by Representative Doolittle (R-CA). This
amendment raids the Affordable Housing Fund by allowing it to be
used for public infrastructure, public safety, law enforcement and
other uses, even if these uses are not connected to housing
Amendment #28 by Representative Hensarling (R- TX). This amendment
would establish anti- democratic, anti-nonprofit protocols with
regard to which organizations can use Affordable Housing Fund
resources. This is the language that the very conservative
Republican Study Committee championed in 2005 that requires grantees
to have as their primary purpose housing development, prohibits
resources to nonprofits that have engaged in (or will engage in)
voter registration, education or mobilization work and includes
language casting a very wide net on the groups these restrictions
Amendment #30 by Representative Hensarling (R- TX). This amendment
would delete the bill's mechanism to transfer Affordable Housing
Fund resources into a National Housing Trust Fund.
of these amendments should be opposed! Please call Bonnie at NLIHC
at 202-662-1530, ext 242 (or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) with
Moderate Rs to Target for GSE bill (all can be reached through the
Capitol Switchboard at 202-225- 3121)
The GSE bill, H.R. 1427 is scheduled for floor action in the House
on May 17 and 18. Below is a list of the R cosponsors of trust fund
legislation in the last Congresses, and other moderate Rs that
should be called to support the GSE bill on the floor. They should
be asked to vote NO on the anti-Affordable Housing Fund Amendments.
Chris Smith, NH; Jim Ramstad, MN; Joanne Emerson,MO; Fred Upton,MI;
Phil English,PA; Todd Platts,PA; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL; Chris
Shays,CT; John McHugh,NY; Chip Pickering,MS; Tom Davis-VA; Shelly
Moore Capito,WV; Ray LaHood, IL; Jim Walsh,NY; Charlie Dent,PA; Jim
Gerlach,PA; Steve LaTourette; Richard Baker; Deborah Pryce; Mike
Castle; Peter King; Rick Renzi; Paul Gilmore; Chris Smith; Geoff
May 15, 2007
GSE Bill To Be Considered by House
This Week: Contact Your Representative Right Away to Request His or
Thanks to everyone
who worked so hard to get their Senators and Representative to sign
on to the HOPWA letter. NAHC is now requesting assistance with
legislative issue that requires action from HIV/AIDS housing
advocates. The GSE bill, designed to regulate Government Sponsored
Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, includes language mandating
that a portion of their portfolio be set aside for an "Affordable
Housing Fund" (hopefully, later to be moved into a "National Housing
Trust Fund"). This bill is expected to be considered by the full
House on May 17 and 18. Please read the below Call to Action from
the National Low Income Housing Coalition for further information:
Call Your Representative TODAY: Important National Housing Trust
Fund Vote on May 17-18
Support H.R. 1427, GSE Regulatory Reform Legislation, which includes
money for an affordable housing trust fund. Call Your Representative
House is expected to take up H.R. 1427 on May 17 and 18. The bill
contains a provision to reserve $500,000,000 a year from Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac as a dedicated source of funding for the National
Housing Trust Fund.
Your Representative and urge him/her to
-Vote YES on H.R. 1427.
-Vote NO on any amendment to strike the Affordable Housing Fund.
-Vote NO on an amendment to strike the language that reserves the
funds in the Affordable Housing Fund for the National Housing Trust
-Vote NO on a "motion to recommit" that would send the bill back to
Please use this toll free number, 877-210-5351, for the
congressional switchboard and ask to be connected to the housing
staffer for your Representative.
Please email us at
email@example.com to let us know the outcome of your call. And
thank you for your support! For more information on the National
Housing Trust Fund
May 9, 2007
Senate FY08 HOPWA Letter
Garners Thirty-Seven Signatures
Amazing advocacy by HIV/AIDS housing
advocates from across the country has resulted in the most
signatures ever on a tri-partisan Senate letter to the Appropriators
in support of HOPWA funding. In the letter, led by Senators
Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Gordon Smith (R-OR), thirty-seven Senators
from every region of the country sent a strong message to
Appropriators supporting adequate resources for HOPWA and
acknowledging the program's importance in meeting the housing needs
of people with HIV/AIDS in communities nationwide. In eleven
states -- HI, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, MT, OR, NY, RI and VT -- both
members of the Senate delegation signed on. Kudos to HIV/AIDS
May 4, 2007
Senate FY08 HOPWA Letter Update: Date for
Signatures extended to May 8th
again to the terrific outreach by HIV/AIDS Housing advocates from
across the country, 35 Senators have signed on to the FY08 Senate
letter requesting $454 million for HOPWA, matching the highest
number of signatures on any HOPWA Senate appropriations letter ever!
The letter will now remain open for signatures until May 8th.
Please visit our
web page on the letter to
determine if your Senators have signed on, and if not, call his or
her office today.
April 26, 2007
Senate HOPWA Letter Update: Letter
Closes May 4th
work HIV/AIDS Housing advocates! So far, 15 Senators from all over
the country have signed on to a Senate letter asking for an increase
in funding for the HOPWA program. (Kudos especially to Hawaii, New
York, and Massachusetts for getting both of their Senators to sign
The letter will now stay open until May 4th; please continue working to get your Senators to
sign on! If you made a call and you still don't see your Senators'
names on the list of signers, please consider making an additional
follow up call. If you have yet to make a call, please take a few
minutes to do so today.
Please visit our
web page on the letter to view:
instructions on how to call your Senators'
a current list of signers;
a copy of the letter itself.
Thank you to everyone who has been working tirelessly this week to
make sure HOPWA is funded at the highest level possible. Your
communication with Senate offices is making a difference!
April 20, 2007
An Advocate's Work is Never Done:
Senate HOPWA Letter Released!
HIV/AIDS housing advocates continue
today on their quest to secure the highest appropriation in history
for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).
While the House HOPWA appropriations request letter winds to a
close, Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Smith (R-OR) release their own
HOPWA request letter which has began circulating on the Senate side
of Capitol Hill!
The House letter, which closes TODAY,
still needs attention; so be sure to make a last ditch effort to get
your Representative to sign on. There are currently 85 members
Click here for a list of signers and more information on the
Meanwhile, on the Senate side of the
Hill... Senators Durbin and Smith's letter has begun to
make the rounds and already has two additional signers as it leave
the gates: Senator Clinton (D-NY) and Lieberman (I-CT). The
letter is set to close next Friday, April 27th, so there is
much work to be done in little time. Last year, 35
Senators--including Democrats, Republicans, and an
Independent--signed on to request an increase for HOPWA. This
year, NAHC is hoping for even greater support.
Like the House letter, the Senators are
requesting NAHC's recommended level: $168 million more for HOPWA,
for a total of $454 million in FY08.
Remember, these request letters are the
best way to signal to Appropriators that HOPWA is major priority for
many of their colleagues and that they would like it funded
appropriately. Please call your Senators right away to request
that they sign on to this important letter!
Click here to
visit NAHC's web page on the letter to view:
An up-to-date list of signers;
Instructions on how to call;
And PDFs of the HOPWA letter and the
"Dear Colleague" from Senators Durbin and Smith.
Ready...set...GO advocate for HIV/AIDS
April 12, 2007
House HOPWA Request Letter Closes
clock is winding down on the House HOPWA appropriations request
letter; the last day to sign on is this Friday, April 20th!
currently have 70 signers, but are looking for even more support to
demonstrate to the Appropriators that HOPWA is an important priority
for Members and it should be funded appropriately.
are the current signers as of this afternoon (our
letter web page is constantly updated with new signers):
Abercrombie, Neil (1st HI); Ackerman, Gary (5th NY); Allen, Tom (1st
ME); Baldwin, Tammy (2nd WI); Berkley, Shelley (1st NV); Berman,
Howard (28th CA); Blumenauer, Earl (3rd OR); Brown, Corinne (3rd
FL); Capps, Louis (23rd CA); Capuano, Michael (8th MA); Clarke,
Yvette (11th NY); Clay, Wm. Lacy (1st MO); Cleaver, Emanuel (5th
MO); Conyers, John (14th MI); Courtney, Joe (2nd CT); Crowley,
Joseph* (7th NY); Cummings, Elijah (7th MD); Davis, Danny K. (7th
IL); Davis, Susan (53rd CA); DeGette, Diane (1st CO); Delahunt,
William (10th MA); DeLauro, Rosa (3rd CT); Dingell, John (15th PA);
Doyle, Mike (14th PA); Ellison, Keith (5th MN); Engel, Eliot (17th
NY); Farr, Sam (17th CA); Fattah, Chaka (2nd PA); Frank, Barney (4th
MA); Green, Al (9th TX); Green, Gene (29th TX); Grijalva, Raúl (7th
AZ); Hinojosa, Rubén (15th TX); Hirono, Mazie (2nd HI); Holt, Rush
(12th NJ); Johnson, Eddie Bernice (30th TX); Kildee, Dale E. (5th
MI); Langevin, James (2nd RI); Larson, John (1st CT); Lewis, John
(5th GA); Lofgren, Zoe (16th CA); Maloney, Carolyn (14th NY);
Markey, Edward J. (7th MA); Matsui, Doris (5th CA); McCarthy,
Carolyn (4th NY); McDermott, Jim (7th WA); McGovern, James (3rd MA);
McNulty, Mike (21st NY); Michaud, Michael (2nd ME); Miller, George
(7th CA); Moore, Gwen (4th WI); Murphy, Chris* (5th CT); Nadler,
Jerrold* (8th NY); Norton, Eleanor Holmes (DC); Pallone, Frank (6th
NJ); Payne, Donald (10th NJ); Rangel, Charles (15th NY); Reyes,
Silvestre (16th TX); Rush, Bobby (1st IL); Schakowsky, Janice (9th
IL); Slaughter, Louise McIntosh (28th NY); Sutton, Betty (13th OH);
Tauscher, Ellen (10th CA); Towns, Edolphus (10th NY); Van Hollen,
Chris (8th MD); Velázquez, Nydia (12th NY); Waters, Maxine (35th
CA); Waxman, Henry (30th CA); Weiner, Anthony (9th NY); Wexler,
Robert (19th FL)
are members who signed onto an appropriation's request letter for
HOPWA last year and have yet to sign on this year's. If your Rep. is
on this list, make sure to call and remind them that they signed
onto a HOPWA letter regarding FY07.
Carnahan - MO; Julia Carson - IN; Ed Case - HI; Jerry Costello - IL;
Christensen - VI; Artur Davis - AL; Norm Dicks - WA; Lloyd Doggett -
TX; Phil English - PA; Luis Gutierrez - IL; Jane Harman - CA; Mike
Honda- CA; Jay Inslee- WA; Steve Israel- NY; William Jefferson-LA;
Ron Kind-WI; Dennis Kucinich-OH; Barbara Lee-CA; Dan Lipinski -IL;
Steven Lynch - MA; Marty Meehan - MA; Meek - FL; Meeks-NY;
Millender-Macdonald - CA; Miller - NC; Napolitano - CA; Pascrell
-NJ; Petersen - MN; Price- NC; Ros-Lehtinen- FL; Roybal-Allard-CA;
Schiff-CA; Smith, Adam- WA; Solis - CA; Stark - CA; Strickland -OH;
Tierney- MA; Tubbs-Jones-OH; Udall-CO; Udall-NM; Watson-CA; Watt-NC;
Click here to visit our web page on the letter which has:
instructions on how to call your Rep. to request
that he or she sign on;
links to the letter itself and the Dear
and an up-to-date list of signers.
Please share this email with your colleagues and networks; the more
phone calls to Capitol Hill about this letter, the better! Thank
April 12, 2007
List of House Members in Support of
HOPWA Funding Increases Gets Longer...
Be sure to check our page on the House
HOPWA approps. request letter for the most current list of signers:
April 4, 2007
HOPWA Approps. Request Letter to Stay
Open Until April 20--Call Your Rep.!
Representatives Nadler, Crowley, and Chris Murphy have extended the
deadline for signing on to their programmatic request letter which
asks for $454 million for HOPWA in FY08. Additional signatures for
the letter will be collected through April 20, 2007.
Thanks to calls from HIV/AIDS housing advocates like you, more than
40 members of Congress have now signed on to the letter. Often, all
it takes is a quick phone call from a constituent to get a Member to
sign on to a programmatic request letter. If your Member does not
appear on the list below, please call his or her office right away.
is the current list of signers (as off 2:30 PM, 4/4/07):
Abercrombie, Neil (1st HI); Allen, Tom (1st ME); Baldwin, Tammy (2nd
WI); Berman, Howard (28th CA); Brown, Corinne (3rd FL); Capps, Louis
(23rd CA); Cleaver, Emanuel (5th MO); Conyers, John (14th MI);
Courtney, Joe (2nd CT); Crowley, Joseph* (7th NY); Davis, Danny K.
(7th IL); DeLauro, Rosa (3rd CT); Dingell, John (15th MI); Doyle,
Mike (14th PA); Engel, Eliot (17th NY); Farr, Sam (17th CA); Frank,
Barney (4th MA); Grijalva, Raúl (7th AZ); Green, Al (9th TX);
Hinojosa, Rubén (15th TX); Hirono, Mazie (2nd HI); Holt, Rush (12th
NJ); Johnson, Eddie Bernice (30th TX); Larson, Jim (1st CT); Lewis,
John (5th GA); Markey, Edward J. (7th MA); Matsui, Doris (5th CA);
McCarthy, Carolyn (4th NY); McDermott, Jim (7th WA); McNulty, Mike
(21st NY); Michaud, Michael (2nd ME); Moore, Gwen (4th WI); Murphy,
Chris* (5th CT); Nadler, Jerrold* (8th NY); Reyes, Silvestre (16th
TX); Rush, Bobby (1st IL); Schakowsky, Janice (9th IL); Van Hollen,
Chris (8th MD); Velázquez, Nydia (12th NY); Waxman, Henry (30th CA);
Weiner, Anthony (9th NY)
March 29, 2007
House Financial Services Cte Passes
GSE Reform Bill--With Affordable Housing Fund!
afternoon, the House Financial Services Cte. overwhelmingly passed
H.R. 1427, the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007 or the "GSE"
reform bill. A go-ahead from the cte. on this legislation turned out
to be a tremendous victory for affordable housing advocates in two
The bill passed with the inclusion of an Affordable Housing Fund
spring newsletter for more details)! There were amendments
offered to remove the fund from the bill or redirect the money, but
they were defeated.
fund creates a dedicated source of funding for preservation, rehab,
and production of affordable housing targeted to very low- and
extremely low- income families. The amount going into the fund will
be based on the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s portfolios (not
based on profits); it is anticipated that the fund will generate
roughly $500 million per year. The fund is sun-setted after 5 years.
During the first year of the fund, all money will go to the Gulf
Coast region to assist with hurricane recovery.
The Chair of the Committee, Rep. Barney Frank (D- 4th MA), offered a
surprise amendment (#033) which was adopted. This amendment marks
the money from the Affordable Housing Fund for transfer to a
“housing trust fund” when one is established! Essentially the
amendment designates the first source of dedicated funding for a
National Housing Trust Fund and gets the possibility of a Trust Fund
on the books. We expect that a bill to establish a Trust Fund may be
Click here to view Mr. Frank's amendment.
bill still faces passage in the Senate and the full House.
March 27, 2007
NAHC Spring E-Newsletter
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Table of Contents:
House HOPWA Programmatic Request
Letter Deadline Extended
FY08 HOPWA Need Paper Released
Senate HOPWA Letter to Be Circulated
HIV/AIDS Housing Congressional Staff
Katrina Relief Bill Passes House
GSE Bill Contains an Affordable
Second Chance Act Update
March 27, 2007
House HOPWA Programmatic Request
Letter Deadline Extended
The House letter requesting an increase
in HOPWA funding (see March 26 update) will remain open through next
week! Please continue to call your Representatives' offices.
Click here for instructions and
an up-to-date list of signers.
March 26, 2007
Call Your Representative Right Away
to Request Support for HOPWA: Letter closes this Wednesday!
Representatives Nadler (D-NY), Crowley (D-NY) and Murphy (D-CT)
released a programmatic sign-on letter (see below) to the Chair and
Ranking Member of the House HUD Appropriations Subcommittee
requesting NAHC’s recommended funding level for the Housing
Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program for FY2008 --
$454 million. The President included $300 million for HOPWA in his
FY08 budget request – a welcome increase over the FY07 appropriated
level of $286 million, but -- far below the amount required to meet
is the challenge: Sign-ons from members of Congress are urgently
needed. The deadline for him or her to sign on to this critical
letter is Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Immediate action is needed
from AIDS housing providers, consumers and advocates to urge
your member of Congress to sign on to the letter.
Follow these easy steps to request that your Representative sign on:
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121
and ask to be transferred to your Representative's office.
(Don't know who your Rep. is? Visit
www.house.gov to find out.)
Ask to speak to the person on your
Representative's staff that handles housing funding issues.
Tell the staffer that you are a constituent and
that you urge the Representative to sign on to Representatives
Nadler, Crowley and Chris Murphy’s letter to the Appropriators
asking for $454 million dollars for the HOPWA program in FY08.
He or she can sign on by contacting Jillian Youngblood of Rep.
March 20, 2007
Comparison of 2006 and 2007 HOPWA
HUD's website now lists the amount of
CPD formula allocations for FY2007, including those for the HOPWA
program. NAHC member Robert Shiau, HOPWA administrator for the
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has prepared a
comparison of 2006 and 2007 allocations by eligible area, including
to download the comparison as an Excel spreadsheet.
March 19, 2007
Call on Congress to Pass the Gulf
Coast Hurricane Recovery Act of 2007
see the below call-to-action from the National Low Income Housing
Coalition regarding this important legislation:
Needed Resources to the Gulf Coast and Help Displaced Low Income
Urge Support of HR 1227
and a half years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a severe housing
crisis exists in the Gulf Coast states. At least 60,000 pre-disaster
low income renters remain displaced.
Tuesday, March 20th, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R.
1227, the Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007. Your
representative needs to know that you have not forgotten the victims
of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and that you want Congress to do more
to help them.
a detailed analysis of H.R. 1227, go to
TODAY using this toll free number, 877-210- 5351. Urge your
Representative to vote for H.R. 1227, including the Green Amendments
and the Manager's Amendment, when the bill comes to the floor on
March 15, 2007
HUD Releases FY2007 SuperNOFA
Yesterday, March 13, 2007, HUD released their FY2007 SuperNOFA
making available funding for a variety of grant programs, including
HOPWA. The HOPWA competitive grants will total $28,463,000.
Applications for these grants are due by May 31, 2007. HOPWA
Technical Assistance grants are due by May 25, 2007 and total
$900,000. Almost all applications must be completed online this year
and HUD encourages applicants to begin the process as early as
HUD's Press Release:
ANNOUNCES $2.4 BILLION AVAILABLE THROUGH 38 GRANT PROGRAMS
Applicants strongly encouraged to update their registration to avoid
a last minute crush
WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development today
published HUD's Fiscal Year 2007 "SuperNOFA," a notice that makes
available approximately $2.4 billion in funding through 38
individual grant programs (see attached list). In launching this
year's grant application season, HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson
strongly encouraged prospective applicants to read the general and
program-specific sections of their funding notices thoroughly and to
follow the registration information available in HUD's step-by-step
Click here to read the rest of the press release and find links
to further SuperNOFA information.
February 27, 2007
HRSA Delays Implementation of Housing
Policy Amendment Until Further Notice
Congratulations, Advocates! Thanks to your efforts and hard work,
HRSA has delayed the implementation of the housing policy amendment
slated to take effect March 1. As anticipated, HRSA today published
a notice (set out below) delaying implementation of the proposed
amendment to its housing policy (Policy Notice 99-02) until further
notice in order to consider the huge number of public comments
here to view a few). Thanks to all who provided comments
directly or urged your congressional delegations to weigh in on the
Please note, however, that the notice does not include a change to
the proposed policy which limits (retroactively) the amount of time
a client can receive housing assistance through the CARE Act to a
cumulative lifetime total of 24 months. More work is required by
advocates to make sure a satisfactory resolution is achieved; NAHC
will provide action strategies as we move forward.
[Federal Register: February 27, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 38)][Notices][Page
8760] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov][DOCID:fr27fe07-100]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and
Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau Policy Notice 99-02;
Correction AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
ACTION: Correction of policy effective date.
SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration published
a notice in the Federal Register of December 6, 2006, soliciting
comments on a proposed amendment to Policy Notice 99-02 which places
a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months on short-term and
emergency housing assistance under Title XXVI of the Public Health
Service Act, as amended by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment
Modernization Act of 2006. The amendment also specifies a
requirement that the need for such assistance must be certified or
documented by a case manager, social worker, or other licensed
health care professional(s). HRSA received over 150 substantive
comments from consumers and numerous organizations around the
country in response to the December 6, 2006, notice.
the Federal Register of December 6, 2006, FR Doc. E6-20556, on page
70781, in the second column, first paragraph, last sentence: Remove
the following text: ``This policy becomes effective March 1, 2007''
and insert the following text: ``In order for HRSA to consider all
public comments, it will delay the implementation of the proposed
policy amendment until further notice.''
Dated: February 22, 2007.
Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator.
[FR Doc. 07-882 Filed 2-22-07; 2:09 pm]
BILLING CODE 4165-15-P
February 23, 2007
Further News on HRSA Housing Policy
NAHC has learned that HRSA staff
anticipate that a Federal Register “correction” withdrawing the
March 1 implementation date for the HAS HAB Policy Notice 99-02 will
be published between Monday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 28.
See NAHC’s February 15 update for further details.
February 21, 2007
NAHC Releases Policy Paper from
Research Summit II
The National AIDS Housing Coalition has
released a second Policy Paper resulting from our national Research
Summit series. The paper shares the title of the second
National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit which took place in
Baltimore, MD in October 2006, Transforming Fact into Strategy –
Developing a Public Health Response to the Housing Needs of Persons
Living With and At Risk of HIV/AIDS. This ten-page paper
summarizes new findings presented at Summit II, framed in terms of
three research and practice action strategies:
Action strategy one: Shift the HIV risk paradigm
away from a focus on individual behaviors only, to a focus on
risky contexts such as homelessness and unstable housing.
Action strategy two: Promote evidence-based
structural interventions that incorporate housing as a key
component of HIV prevention and health care, including “housing
first” harm reduction housing approaches for active drug users;
: Employ practice-based
research methodologies to continue to deepen our understanding
of the link between housing and health, including cost-saving
and cost-effectiveness analyses of housing interventions.
Action strategy three
to download the Summit II Policy Paper.
Be sure to save the date for the third
National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit which will take place
on March 5-7, 2008 in Baltimore, MD. More information
will be available as the event approaches.
February 15, 2007
Update on HRSA March 1 Implementation
has learned that HRSA will likely be extending the implementation
date of their proposed policy amendment (12/06/2006 Federal
Register) which would have established a 24-month lifetime cap on
housing assistance received through Title I of the Ryan White Care
Act. This cap would have been retroactive upon implementation of the
new policy. This proposed policy amendment was to have been
implemented on March 1, 2007; however we learned yesterday that HRSA
is indicating that the implementation of any policy amendment will
likely be extended to a date of September 1, 2007 and that a Federal
Register notice stating this will be forthcoming.
extension of the implementation of this proposed policy amendment
will allow HRSA more time to consider the community comments
received and work toward a revised policy that will make the most
sense for and create the least harm to the people who receive
assistance through the RWCA.
While we have learned this through conversations with staff in the
Office of Senator Sherrod Brown we have also learned from HRSA that
there will be no official action taken on this until after Friday of
this week, at which time there would be communication from HRSA
regarding this issue.
Thank you to the many members of the HIV/AIDS and Housing community
who submitted comments to HRSA regarding the potentially dangerous
impact of implementation of this proposed policy. We also thank the
members of Congress who contacted HHS Secretary Leavitt to request
that the original notice be rescinded and a revised
policy/implementation date be established.
will post updates to our list-serves as soon as they are available.
February 12, 2007
Agencies, Advocates, Clients and
Congressmen Flood HRSA With Comments
According to HRSA, the agency has
received 200+ comments in response to the
Dec 6 Federal Register notice regarding a proposed housing
policy change which would place a 24 month lifetime cap on RWCA
housing assistance. While there is no way to know the
substance of some of these comments, NAHC has been collecting and
filing copies of comments sent by our members and friends decrying
this change. In particular, NAHC is pleased with the high
volume of responses from members of Congress in opposition to the
Below is a list people and organizations
who sent letters to HRSA opposing the lifetime cap (please note that
this list includes only letters that NAHC has received copies
Representative Waters (D-35 CA), Chair of Housing Subcommittee (view
Representative Nadler (D-8 NY), House HOPWA Letter Co-Sponsor (view
Representative Hirono (D-2 HI) (view
Representative Abercrombie (D-1 HI) (view
Senate Letter signed by: (view
Senator Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Coleman (R-MN)
Senator Durbin (D-IL), HOPWA Letter Co-Sponsor, THUD Approps
Senator Feingold (D-WI)
Senator Landrieu (D-LA)
Senator Lieberman (I-CT)
Senator Obama (D-IL)
Senator Reed (D-RI), THUD Approps Subcommittee
Senator Schumer (D-NY), Chair of Housing Subcommittee
Senator Smith (R-OR), HOPWA Letter Co-Sponsor
Senator Stabenow (D-MI)
and national groups:
AIDS Care Ocean State (RI)
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families (Nat’l)
AIDS Foundation of Chicago (IL)
AIDS Housing Alliance/San Francisco (CA)
AIDS Services of Dallas (TX)
Bailey House, Inc. (NY)
Broward County Human Services Department (FL)
Broward House, Inc. (FL)
CARES, Inc. (NY)
Catholic Charities CYO (CA)
City and County of San Francisco Department of Health (CA)
Clare Housing (MN)
Doorways Interfaith Residence Program (MO)
Gregory House (HI)
HIV Law Project (NY)
HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network, Inc. (HAVEN) (MD)
Housing Works (NY)
Larkin Street Youth Services (CA)
Ministry of Caring/House of Joseph II (DE)
National AIDS Housing Coalition (Nat’l)
National Alliance to End Homelessness (Nat’l)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (Nat’l)
National Low Income Housing Coalition (Nat’l)
New Mexico AIDS Services (NM)
New York AIDS Coalition (NY)
New York City Department of Health (NY)
New York City Public Advocate (NY)
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (CA)
San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council (CA)
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (CA)
County HIV/AIDS Housing Committee
Southwest Louisana AIDS Council (LA)
Tarzana Treatment Centers (CA)
The AIDS Institute (Nat’l)
If your organization sent a letter to
HRSA and you are not listed above, please email us a copy at
February 7, 2007
Senator Schumer Cites NAHC's
Recommendation of $454 Million for HOPWA in FY08
Senator Schumer (D-NY) issued a press
release on Monday in response to the President's FY2008 budget
proposal. The Senator condemns cuts to a variety of programs and
cites HOPWA as a program grossly underfunded; he lists the NAHC
recommendation of $454 million as an more realistic funding level
for the program. According to the Senator:
"The Administration proposes a modest
funding increase to $300 million however they don’t go far enough.
The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) estimates that a bare
minimum of $454 million is needed in FY08 to maintain existing
programs, provide funding for two additional jurisdictions that
became eligible for HOPWA in FY07 and expand access to HIV/AIDS
patients stuck on waiting lists for housing and services. HOPWA
funds are used to provide safe, secure housing for people living
with HIV/AIDS. Several studies have demonstrated the importance of
stable housing in effective treatment of HIV/AIDS and shown that
HIV/AIDS patients with stable housing are less likely to engage in
behaviors associated with the spread of the disease. New York is the
largest recipient of HOPWA funding and will receive approximately $3
million in additional funding from this increase, but would receive
$36 million if the program were funded at the recommended level."
Click here to view the full press release.
February 7, 2007
Section 8 in the President's Budget
The Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities (CBPP) recently released a "preliminary analysis of the
housing provisions in the President's budget proposal that was
transmitted to Congress on Monday, with a particular focus on the
provisions relating to vouchers."
to view the analysis.
February 6, 2007
Congressman Nadler Sends Letter to
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-8th NY)
joined an impressive list of AIDS housing advocates in sending a
letter to HRSA yesterday, objecting to a the proposed housing
amendment. The Congressman is also co-sponsor of the
yearly House HOPWA letter which requests additional funding for the
to view Representative Nadler's letter.
February 5, 2007
Members of Congress Oppose HRSA
Representative Maxine Waters (D-35th CA)
sent a letter to HRSA
objections to a
proposed change to their housing policy which would create a
cumulative lifetime limit of 24 months of Ryan White housing
assistance. Congresswoman Waters is Chair of the House
Subcommittee on Housing and Financial Opportunity.
to view the letter.
Capitol Hill, 11 Senators signed their own letter objecting to the
change. The letter, directed to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt,
was organized by Senator Durbin (D-IL) co-sponsor of letters in 2005
and 2006 asking Appropriators for increased HOPWA funding.
Also signing on to the letter were Senators Schumer (D-NY), Chair of
the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community
Development, Smith (R-OR), co-sponsor of the 2006 HOPWA letter,
Landrieu (D-LA), Obama (D-IL), Lieberman (I-CT), Boxer (D-CA),
Stabenow (D-MI), Coleman (R-MN), Reed (D-RI), and Feingold (D-WI).
here to view the signed letter.
February 5, 2007
Proposes $300 Million for HOPWA in FY2008
The National AIDS
Housing Coalition (NAHC) is pleased that President Bush once again
recognized the importance of the Housing Opportunities for Persons
With AIDS Program (HOPWA) by requesting an increase in funding.
The administration recommends $300 million for the program in FY08,
a $14 million increase over the FY06 level and the amount
appropriated in the FY07 Joint Resolution recently passed in the
House and pending Senate approval ($286 million). If enacted,
the appropriation would be the highest funding level in the history
of the program.
budget request demonstrates an understanding on the part of the
administration that people with HIV/AIDS require stable housing to
enroll in and remain engaged in care and treatment. Recent
research also suggests that housing assistance is a cost effective
way to prevent the spread of HIV; it is estimated that each
prevented infection saves $303,000 in medical costs.
again, the increase still does not bring HOPWA funding to a level
that is realistic in terms of meeting the need. Many
communities across the country face long or closed HOPWA waiting
lists and housing in America is less affordable than ever.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s study
Out of Reach 2006, a U.S. worker must make $16.21 per hour to
afford a modest two-bedroom apartment for his or her family.
Additionally, in FY08, housing providers must depend more on HOPWA
dollars as the Ryan White CARE Act reauthorization severely
restricted the use of that funding for emergency housing assistance.
“HOWPA is a cost
effective and well managed program that plays a key role in the
Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness” said NAHC
Executive Director, Nancy Bernstine. “While we once again welcome
the proposed increase for HOPWA, Administration support for all low
income housing programs relied upon by people with HIV/AIDS is
crucial.” The range of low income housing programs, including
Section 8 and Section 811 housing for people with disabilities
(which faces a proposed cut) are critical resources.
“This budget proposal gets us closer;” said Joe
Carleo, NAHC President and Executive Director of the AIDS Housing
Corporation in Boston, “however, an even greater commitment to
increased funding for HOPWA and other low-income housing programs is
critical to ending the housing crisis faced by thousands of poor and
disabled Americans, including those living with HIV/AIDS.”
NAHC recommends a FY08 funding level of $454 million
for the HOPWA program.
to download a PDF of the press release.
February 1, 2007
Some Good News for Housing in FY07
House approved the FY2007 Joint Resolution (H.J. Res. 20, the
Omnibus Continuing Resolution (CR) for the remaining months of
FY2007). HOPWA was
funded at the FY2006 level of $286 million (the President
requested and the House passed $300 million for the program last
Congress). According to HUD around 67,000 households can
be served at this level of funding. There was, however,
positive news on the housing front for other programs relied
upon by low income people with HIV/AIDS.
more for programs under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
Act to help toward the goal of ending chronic homelessness.
more to renew housing choice voucher contracts as well as a
directive that HUD update the formula to renew vouchers for the
year using more updated voucher cost and leasing data. An
additional $100 million would assist housing authorities that
more for public housing operating subsidies to make up some of
the shortfall in reimbursement of housing authorities for their
Resources from the National Low
Income Housing Coalition:
The Senate is
scheduled to take up the Joint Resolution next week.
January 22, 2007
Senator Coburn Has Submitted His
Comments to HRSA. Have you?
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has already
submitted his comments to HRSA.
a proposed amendment which would impose a cumulative lifetime
limit on the amount of time a person with HIV/AIDS can receive
housing assistance through the Ryan White CARE Act to 24 months.
praising this troubling proposal, Senator Coburn downplays the
importance of stable housing in care and treatment and argues
that there are already ample housing resources available for
those in need. In his letter, Senator Coburn states:
That housing is a
CARE Act service” and must “take a secondary role.” (Recent
research demonstrates that stable housing is absolutely
essential to the health of people with HIV.)
That “those living
with HIV without stable housing would
still have access
to federally subsidized AIDS housing.” (Many
communities have long or closed waiting lists already for
federal housing assistance.)
That in FY2003
“only 57% of HOPWA funding was spent on housing financial
assistance.” (HUD’s most recent calculation shows that 70%
of HOPWA money goes to housing assistance and placement; the
remainder goes to essential supportive services and only 5%
is used for administration.)
HRSA needs to hear
the other side of the story from YOUR ORANIZATION and/or YOUR
PLANNING COUNCIL before February 5th.
Does your community have waiting lists for Section 8 and HOPWA
which make it imperative that CARE Act funds be used to prevent
homelessness for your clients? Does your state or city
depend on the flexibility and interplay of CARE Act and HOPWA
dollars to ensure that people with AIDS stay housed? Do
your clients need stable housing to enroll in and remain in a
treatment regimen? If a
cumulative lifetime limit of 24 months does not make sense in
your community, please send your comments to HRSA by February 5th,
Federal Register Notice about the proposed changes and
instructions for comments (the Target Center
website has more information).
prepared by NAHC.
Use our template or prepare your own letter to HRSA right
letter to HRSA with comments and recommendations
Send comments (by
Health Resources and Services Administration
Division of Science and Policy
Attention: LCDR Gettie A. Butts
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7-18
Rockville, Maryland 20857
us with questions and be sure to send along a copy of your
comments to NAHC at
firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track responses.
January 19, 2007
2007 SuperNOFA Preview
January 18, 2007 HUD published in the Federal Register the general
section of its FY2007 SuperNOFA for its discretionary programs,
including HOPWA competitive grants and technical assistance.
This notice does not provide a publication date for the SuperNOFA
but indicates plant to publish it early in 2007.
Click here for the full text of the notice in pdf format.
January 18, 2007
NAHC Releases Letter & Template for
Comments on Proposed Housing Policy Change
on the proposed revision to the HRSA housing policy announced in
the Federal Register on Dec. 6, 2006 (71 FR 70781) are due
February 5, 2007.
It is critical that HRSA hear from as many voices as
possible from across the country on the potential impact of the
proposed changes – notably the imposition of a 24 month lifetime
cap on HRSA housing assistance -- on clients and those waiting
for housing. You can find more information about the
notice and a link to the Federal Register language by visiting
to view NAHC's comments on this proposed change.
We are also providing a
template for local and national organizations to submit comments
and recommendation to HRSA regarding the change.
As you will
see, several points in the comments are marked as appropriate
for insertion of local anecdotal and other data about the
potential local impact of the proposed change in your community.
Text highlighted in red signifies sections that need to be
changed to your own organization’s information. Please
feel free to alter the letter or to simply use it for data in an
original letter. Please contact us with any questions.
Click here to download the template in MS Word.
your written comments (by
mail) on the HRSA housing policy revision; the
comments must be received at HRSA by February 5, 2007.
NAHC would also greatly appreciate receiving an emailed version
of your written comments at
email@example.com so we can track responses.
Thank you for
your work on this important issue.
January 8, 2007
Second Chance Act Organizational
The Second Chance
Act is expected to be reintroduced early in the 110th
Congress and we need your help to make sure this important
legislation passes! The
letter (copy provided by the National Alliance to End
Homelessness) asks members of Congress to cosponsor and to support
the passage of the bill and the more organizations that sign on, the
better. Please contact Emily Bonifaci (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by Friday, January 12th to sign your organization on to
The bill, which
passed in the House in 2006, had 37 co-sponsors in the Senate and
114 co-sponsors in the House in the 109th Congress.
The measure authorizes a range of comprehensive services to assist
the thousands of individuals leaving prisons and jails nationwide
each year – including those coping with the effects of HIV/AIDS – as
they reintegrate into their communities. It is estimated that the
incidence of confirmed AIDS has grown to be five times higher in
prison than in the general population and incidences of HIV are
estimated to be between 10 and 14 percent higher. The
housing-specific provisions, though modest, are an important
beginning. They include authorization of a demonstration
program to assist those returning in securing permanent housing and
expanding the use of reentry courts to coordinate delivery of
community services to offenders including housing assistance.
A federal study of the barriers to admission to the federal housing
programs as well as the impact of evictions would be required one
year from enactment.