S.Res. 162 on Housing and AIDS
On May 4, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced S.Res. 162, a resolution to highlight the critical role stable and affordable housing plays in the strategy to address HIV. The resolution expresses the sense of the Senate to commit to provide adequate funding for the development of housing as a response to the AIDS pandemic. The resolution currently has 10 cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Advocates will contact their Senators to ask them to cosponsor S.Res. 162.
For more information, contact Nancy Bernstine, National AIDS Housing Coalition, 202-347-0333, www.nationalaidshousing.org
H.R. 1671, the Andrew Connolly Veterans’ Housing Act
On May 2, Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) introduced H.R. 1671, the Andrew Connolly Veterans’ Housing Act. The bill would extend for five years a federal grant program that helps injured and disabled veterans retrofit their homes once they return from combat. On May 5, the measure was unanimously approved by the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and now awaits action by the full House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
S. 887, the CDBG Public Services Flexibility Act of 2011
On May 4, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced S. 887, the CDBG Public Services Flexibility Act of 2011. The bill would increase from 15% to 25% the portion of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that may be used to provide public services. Public services include grants to local agencies that provide a range of social services. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and has no cosponsors