This week the Senate is expected to take up the FY 2006 funding bill for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The bill (HR 3058) includes funding for critically important housing programs serving low-income people with mental illness including Section 811, permanent housing under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Section 8 rental voucher program.
A bipartisan coalition led by Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is planning to offer an amendment to supplement funding for a range of HUD programs, including the Section 8 rental voucher program. The amendment would add an additional $200 million for Section 8 and ensure that the $70 million needed to renew all expiring Section 811 tenant-based rent subsidies is fully funded as part of the overall Section 8 account. This additional funding for Section 8 will also ensure that all current rental vouchers in use are renewed for FY 2006.
Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their Senators to urge them to support the Coleman-Leahy Amendment to HR 3058, the FY 2006 Treasury-Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill.
All Senate offices can be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 or online through www.congress.org.
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