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Federal Budget and Spending Take Center Stage
2/10/2011
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
12/16/2010
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
11/24/2010
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
11/24/2010
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.

Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing: Defining ‘‘Homeless’’
6/21/2010
Read comments submitted by NAMI regarding the proposed rule—Defining “Homeless."

Investment in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund
11/30/2009
Information on why NAMI supports NHTF

Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch
11/30/2009
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.

Details of FY 2010 Funding Levels for Housing Programs
7/23/2009
Learn more about proposed FY 2010 funding levels for Section 811, Section 8, McKinney-Vento homeless programs, and homeless veterans programs.

NAMI's Letter of Support for S 1481
7/22/2009
View NAMI's letter of support for S 1481, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009

Fact Sheet on the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009
7/21/2009
Learn more about major changes to the Section 811 supportive housing for persons with disabilities program that was recently reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

NAMI's Letter of Support for the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009
7/21/2009
Read NAMI's letter of support for HR 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009, written in conjunction with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

Senate Passes Homeless Legislation
5/06/2009
On May 6, the full U.S. Senate unanimously cleared major legislation to expand and reform homeless programs – the HEARTH Act (S 808). This action came as an amendment a larger a larger housing bill designed to reform the mortgage market and foreclosures. NAMI is extremely grateful for the leadership of Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Kit Bond (R-MO) in moving S 808 forward.

HUD Allocates Funding for Homelessness Prevention
4/29/2009
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has already moved aggressively to disburse more than $13 billion in funding for public housing modernization, economic development and project-based rent subsidy renewals.

Background on HR 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
4/10/2009
NAMI and our colleague disability advocacy organizations in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force (CCD Housing Task Force) and the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) are pleased to announce that important legislation to spur investment in permanent supportive housing legislation has been introduced in Congress.

NAMI's Letter of Support for HR 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
4/10/2009
Read NAMI's letter to Congressional leaders expressing our support for the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Action of 2009 (HR 1675).

House Passes Reforms to the HUD Section 811 Program
9/18/2008
On September 17, the House unanimously passed legislation to spur investment in permanent supportive housing for non-elderly adults with severe disabilities, including severe mental illness. The bill is known as the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008 (HR 5772).

NAMI's Letter of Support for HR 5772
9/18/2008
On September 17, the House unanimously passed legislation to spur investment in permanent supportive housing for non-elderly adults with severe disabilities, including severe mental illness. The bill is known as the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008 (HR 5772).

Major Provisions in the New Hosing and Mortgage Foreclosure Package Will Benefit Housing for Consumers
8/06/2008
On July 30, President Bush signed HR 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The bill is now known as Public Law 110-289. This legislation includes a new Housing Trust Fund to spur investment in affordable rental housing for extremely low-income households, including individuals living on Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

House Committee Moves Forward on Reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
8/06/2008
On July 31, the House Financial Services Committee unanimously approved a revised version of HR 840 - the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. The bill represents the most far reaching effort in more than 15 years to reform and expand federal programs to address homelessness.

House Panel Clears the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008 (HR 5772)
8/06/2008
On July 30, the House Financial Services Committee unanimously passed important legislation to spur investment in permanent supportive housing legislation and reform the HUD Section 811 program.

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