May 4, 2006
Earlier today the Senate cleared an emergency supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year. The $106 billion measure adds funding for both military operations and relief and rebuilding efforts along the
In order to ensure that these additional housing funds included in the Senate supplemental spending bill reach those most in need, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) was able to include an amendment directing that $100 million of this $202 million allocation be directed to project-based rent subsidies tied to the development of new permanent supportive housing units across the Gulf Coast.
As project-based rent subsidies, there would be greater accountability to ensure that the rent subsidies are tied to the additional Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) that Congress allocated for parts of
NAMI would like to thank Senator Landrieu for bringing forward this important measure. NAMI is also grateful to key leaders in Louisiana and across the nation that have worked tirelessly to ensure that permanent supportive housing for evacuees with mental illness and other disabilities are a part of the long-term recovery and reconstruction in the Gulf Coast region.
The House already passed its version of the FY 2007 supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4939) WITHOUT including specific funding for permanent supportive housing across the
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