July 30, 2008
This week the House Financial Services Committee will take up legislation reauthorizing programs under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This includes a range of critical resources that meet the needs of individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders that experience chronic homelessness. This includes permanent
NAMI supports the current version of the legislation – known as the “Substitute Amendment to HR 840, the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.” In addition, NAMI opposes efforts to amend this legislation to further expand the definition of homelessness under the McKinney-Vento programs that would:
NAMI advocates are strongly encouraged to contact members of the House Financial Services Committee and urge them to:
1) Support the Substitute Amendment to HR 840, and
2) Oppose any amendment designed to further expand the definition of homelessness under McKinney-Vento, known as the Biggert Amendment
Click here to view a roster of the Committee.