House Passes Bill Concerning Key Housing Program
H.R. 655 Not Perfect, But Would Preserve Title V of McKinney-Vento Act
March 20, 2012
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed
H.R. 665, which would preserve Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act, a highly
effective federal program that serves 2.4 million homeless persons each
year. The vote was unanimous: 402-0.
Title V gives homeless service providers the right to obtain surplus federal
property for free. But despite its low cost and high return to the
taxpayers, the Obama Administration has been pushing Congress to pass legislation
undermining the program.
The Law Center is grateful to U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Elijah
Cummings (D-MD), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Mike Quigley (D-IL) for working
with it to craft a bill that preserves Title V. The Law Center does, however,
have concerns that the legislation would exclude certain high-value properties
from the program.
To learn more, read the Law Center's letter to Rep. Issa, Cummings, Chaffetz, and Quigley.