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HUD Issues Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for New Supportive Housing Units
On May 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a NOFA for $85 million for the development of new permanent supportive housing units targeted to extremely low-income non-elderly people living with disabilities, including serious mental illness. Read further for details.

New Priced Out Report Released
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released the ‘Priced Out in 2010’ study which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of a person living with a disability. Read further...

NAMI Comments on Medicaid Funded Home and Community-based Services
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is proposing a new rule which will affect Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. Read NAMI's comments to CMS.

Funding Levels for Final FY 2011 “Continuing Resolution”

The Fiscal 2011 "Continuing Resolution"
As of March 7, 2011, Congress has yet to pass operating budgets for nearly all federal discrtionary programs. Read details on the House-passed "continuing resolution" and the Senate-proposed bill.

Massive Cuts Loom for Federal Mental Health and Housing Programs
The White House unveiled the President’s budget proposal for FY 2012 requesting modest increases for mental illness research and services, as well as veterans housing programs.

Federal Budget and Spending Take Center Stage
Federal discretionary spending will come clearly into focus as President Obama unveils his FY 2012 budget and Congress moves forward on omnibus spending legislation for the remaining months of the current fiscal year (FY 2011).

Senate Set to Vote on FY 2011 “Omnibus” Spending Bill
The Senate is expected to vote as soon as today on an FY 2011 “omnibus” spending bill that integrates 12 separate spending bills that would fund most federal agencies through the end of the current fiscal year (September 20, 2011).

Urge Senators to Press for Action on Supportive Housing Legislation
During the week of November 29, 2010, a bipartisan coalition of Senators is expected to press for passage of legislation to promote expanded opportunities for access to permanent supportive housing. Read further for details.

Support Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund
NAMI is joining a large coalition of national organizations urging support in the Senate for a $1.06 billion investment in the NHTF. Read further for details.

Investment in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Information on why NAMI supports NHTF

Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch
SAMHSA has created the new Co-occuring and Homeless Activites branch to create a vision of systems of care for persons experiencing co-occurring disorders and persons who are homeless. Two critical ways they are working to accomplish this are by issuing grants and sponsoring other projects to advance the field. They also provide grantees and the field with state-of-the-art technical assistance to help individuals and entities to address homelessness and co-occurring disorders (COD), two public health issues that warrant significant attention.



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