Friday, April 3, 2009

ACTION REQUESTED: McKinney Reauthorization Bill Introduced

Call on Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor

Last night, both the House and Senate introduced legislation to reauthorize HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program. The bill would substantially improve communities' ability to re-house homeless families, people with disabilities, and people with a housing crisis.

S. 808, the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, was introduced by Senators Reed (D-RI) and Bond (R-MO) and 11 original co-sponsors. The House version, H.R. 1877, was introduced by Representatives Moore (D-WI) and Biggert (R-IL) and 5 co-sponsors. This year's version of the HEARTH Act is almost identical to the version that passed the full House and gained considerable bipartisan support in the Senate in the 110th Congress.

The Alliance stongly supports the HEARTH Act (S. 808 /H.R. 1877), and we encourage you to join us in calling on Senators and Representatives to become co-sponsors.


Craft your argument. Below are additional materials and talking points. Click here to find out if your Member of Congress has sponsored previous versions of this legislation.
Write, email, and call your Members of Congress and their DC housing staff person. Letters to Members should be faxed. Congressional office phone numbers can be found by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Staff emails typically use the following formula: or (X= Senator's last name).
Ask Senators to co-sponsor S. 808: To do so, staff can contact Kara Stein with Senator Reed's office ( / 202-224-4705).
Ask Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 1877: To do so, staff can contact Andrew Stevens with Representative Moore's office ( / 202-225-4572).

Please contact Sarah Kahn with questions and responses from staff ( / 202-942-8259)

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