[Hpn] FW: The NPACH Report, Vol. 1 No. 6

chance martin streetsheet@sf-homeless-coalition.org
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> Subject: The NPACH Report, Vol. 1 No. 6
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> The NPACH Report, Vol. 1 No. 6
> Welcome to The NPACH Report, the newsletter of the National Policy and
> Advocacy Council on Homelessness.   This month, NPACH brings you information
> on important developments regarding the National Affordable Housing Trust
> Fund and the House version of the HUD appropriations bill.
> We’d like to call your attention to NPACH En Español—linked from the front
> of our website are Spanish translations of our mission statement and our
> 2004 Legislative and Policy Agenda.  As part of our commitment to grass
> roots organizing, NPACH is dedicated to engaging voices from every community
> affected by homelessness. We are working on additional translations of our
> written materials.
> We’ve also added an archive of our news articles, sorted by topic to make
> searching easier.
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> NPACH News
> National Housing Trust Fund Bill: Discharge Petition Filed
> In an important step for the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign, three
> cosponsors of National Affordable Housing Trust Fund legislation have filed
> a motion for a discharge petition in an attempt to move the bill, H.R. 1102,
> to the floor of the House for debate and an up-or-down vote.
> Although the House version of the National Housing Trust Fund legislation
> now has an impressive 214 cosponsors, the leadership of the Financial
> Services Committee has not taken up the bill. Representatives Barbara Lee
> (D-CA), Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) filed the motion in
> an effort to move the National Housing Trust Fund forward. Learn more about
> the discharge petition and what you can do to help:
> http://www.npach.org/nhtf_al.htm
> National Groups and Members of Congress Raise Questions about the Samaritan
> Initiative
> On July 13, 2004, the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity of
> the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the Samaritan
> Initiative Act (H.R. 4057). The legislation, introduced by Congressman Rick
> Renzi (R-1st/AZ), helps form the centerpiece of the Bush Administration’s
> “chronic” homeless initiative by combining $70 million in funds from the
> Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services
> (HHS), and Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide supportive housing and services
> for those who meet the definition of “chronically homeless.” Introduced on
> March 30, 2004, the Samaritan has 26 co-sponsors.
> The vast majority of panelists and Representatives who attended the hearing
> supported expanding the definition of homelessness under the proposed
> legislation. Testifying on behalf of Catholic Charities, Lutheran Services
> of America, and Volunteers of America, Jim Mauck, President and CEO of
> Catholic Charities of the archdiocese of Denver, recommended the inclusion
> of families. Mauck asserted that “the Samaritan initiative relies on a
> definition of a ‘chronically’ homeless person that categorically rejects
> families with children, even families with disabled members who have
> suffered often repeated and extended periods of homelessness. This critical
> exclusion, combined with policies being advanced by HUD, will hinder the
> efforts of homeless service providers to assist many homeless families with
> children in their struggle to achieve stability.” In its written testimony,
> Catholic Charities, Lutheran Services, and Volunteers of America further
> recommended the adoption of the Department of Education definition of
> homelessness for subsequent legislation to “capture the reality experienced
> by many homeless families.”
> http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/news/testimony/content_displays.cfm?fuse
> action=display_document&id=468&location=7
> Representative Arthur Davis (D-7th/Alabama), received unanimous affirmation
> from the national advocates panel as to whether the committee should seek an
> expanded definition of homelessness, and Samaritan author and original
> sponsor Rick Renzi offered that he too was “open to an amendment on the
> definition of homelessness.” Renzi declared himself “willing to work [with
> Members] during the markup period at looking at what an amendment might be
> on the definition, particularly given all the testimony we have gotten here
> today.” 
> Despite strong support among Members and national groups for an expanded
> definition of homelessness in the Samaritan Act, Interagency Council on
> Homelessness (ICH) Director Philip Mangano resisted the idea, observing “I
> think other initiatives are being fostered to address concerns of other
> profiles of homeless people.”
> Throughout the hearing, several Members and panelists cited the need to
> substantially increase funding of existing housing and homelessness
> programs, and for Congressional support of legislative vehicles such as the
> Bringing America Home Act (H.R. 2897, with 56 co-sponsors) and the National
> Housing Trust Fund Act (H.R. 1102, with 214 co-sponsors), initiatives that
> forward a comprehensive national anti-homelessness agenda. The strongest
> concern raised at the hearing, however, was the Administration’s proposed
> cuts to the Section 8 program. Members questioned the apparent trade-offs
> and seeming contradictions between the $70 million proposed under the
> Samaritan Act, and the $1.6 billion cut to the Section 8 program contained
> within the President’s 2005 budget. Congressman Barney Frank (D-4th/MA)
> challenged Bush Administration witness ICH Executive Director Philip Mangano
> to explain how the Administration reconciled the proposed cuts with its
> stated goal of “ending ‘chronic’ homelessness” within ten years.
> (For a transcript of this exchange, please see
> http://www.npach.org/SamaritanTestimony.pdf )
> Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-At Large/Vermont) summarized the policy
> contradictions with the following observation: “Mr. Chairman, let us not
> delude ourselves: $70 million within the context of the problem of
> homelessness and affordable housing in this country is not a real solution
> to the affordable housing crisis that our country is experiencing. And I
> might add, at the same time that the administration is supporting a new $70
> million program to combat homelessness, it is also lobbying Congress for a
> $1.6 billion cut in the nation's most important affordable housing program
> in this country, the section 8 rental assistance program.”
> HUD Appropriations Update
> The House version of the HUD appropriations bill brought some good news to
> those concerned about the proposed cuts to the Section 8 program. On July
> 22, the House VA-HUD appropriations committee forwarded a bill that funds
> the program at near the level advocates have argued is necessary to maintain
> existing vouchers. Now the bad news: in order to fund Section 8, lawmakers
> chose to cut virtually every other housing program in HUD’s portfolio,
> rather than seek additional resources. McKinney-Vento homeless assistance
> grants were slashed by $54 million; the HOME program by $86 million; housing
> for persons with AIDS by close to $13 million; housing for persons with
> disabilities by $11 million; housing for the elderly by over $32 million;
> public housing operating fund by $153 million; fair housing programs by
> almost $2 million; and community development block grants by over $200
> million. The Senate will mark up its version of the bill in September,
> following the August recess.
> http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&Pr
> essRelease_id=416
> Child Nutrition Act Reauthorized
> On June 30, 2004, President Bush signed Public Law 108-265, the Child
> Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.  Section 107 provides for the
> categorical eligibility of homeless children and youth for free school
> meals.  Previously, this policy was an administrative decision; it is now
> supported by the law. Categorical eligibility also has been extended to
> migrant children, and to youth served by Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
> programs.
> In addition to the changes in free meal eligibility, the reauthorized law
> amends the Child and Adult Care Food Program by extending eligibility for
> snacks and meals for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters up
> to the age of 18 (the current age limit is 12).
> Information about the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004
> may be found on the USDA web site at
> http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/policy/Reauthorization_%20memos_04/Re
> authorization_2004.htm
> Thailand Develops Housing Initiative
> The Government of Thailand has undertaken to provide and facilitate housing
> delivery for one million households in five years, through two distinct
> programs. Firstly, through the Baan Ua Arthorn (We Care) program, the
> National Housing Authority will act as developer of subsidized houses and
> flats for those able to afford the monthly payment; and, secondly, the Baan
> Mankong (Secure Housing) program will channel infrastructure subsidies and
> soft housing loans directly to poor communities for a variety of upgrading
> activities.
> The strategy underlying the unconventional and innovative Baan Mankong
> program is having communities, and community networks, be the key actors in
> forging solutions to the housing problems in Thai cities. The program
> enables poor communities to study the physical problems in their
> settlements, develop their own plans for resolving those problems and then
> implement those plans themselves, collectively, using infrastructure
> subsidies and low-income housing loans which they manage themselves.
> www.citiesalliance.org
> Notes from the Field
> Florida Advocates Seek 30-30 Vision:
> In Florida and throughout the nation, the bulk of the individuals and
> families experiencing the affordable housing crisis are renters with incomes
> at or below 30% of Area Median Income. These include persons with
> disabilities, single parent families with children, and persons at-risk of
> homelessness. As we continue to work to preserve Section 8 vouchers and
> enact the National Housing Trust Fund, we must also look at what other
> rental production programs are doing (or not doing) to address the greatest
> housing needs. For example, Congress recently approved a 40% increase in the
> per capita allocation of low-income housing tax credits to states, but the
> production of units for poor households did not increase in Florida at all.
> The 30-30 Vision Campaign, launched jointly by the Florida Coalition for the
> Homeless and the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, asks that at least
> 30% of rental units produced by State-funded or State-administered programs
> be affordable to households at or below 30% AMI. Service providers,
> advocates and consumers are speaking out in an effort to change policies
> that have been unilaterally set, up until now, by the for-profit housing
> developers who stand to benefit financially from the decisions about how
> public subsidy is used.
> http://www.npach.org/housingvision.pdf
> http://www.3030vision.org
> http://www.flacoalitionhomeless.com
> Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco Releases “Hidden Voices” Report
> “This report establishes homeless families and immigrants as an integral
> part of the over-all homelessness crisis in America and argues for the
> inclusion of families and immigrants in any strategy to reduce or end
> homelessness. Today, 14.4 million American families - one out of every seven
> families – have critical housing needs. Despite all of the talk of family
> values in America, we have utterly failed as a society to value our
> families. We have failed to create the necessary affordable housing, decent
> and accessible jobs, income safety net, childcare, and health care that will
> allow all families in this country to thrive. Despite the severe needs of
> America’s low-income families and children, the last twenty years have
> witnessed massive cutbacks in programs that benefit them.”
> http://www.npach.org/hidden_voices_report.pdf
> NPACH People & Events
> NPACH at the Boston Social Forum
> NPACH staff attended the Boston Social Forum, held July 23-25 at the
> University of Massachusetts-Boston.  Executive Director Dr. Brad Paul led a
> workshop entitled “Housing as a Right.”
> http://www.bostonsocialforum.org
> Successful Fundraiser held in Boston
> NPACH would like to thank everyone who attended the benefit show at Great
> Scott on July 23.  Special thanks go out to the staff and owners of Great
> Scott; Carl Lavin, who organized and promoted the show; and most of all to
> the great bands who lent their talents to the cause of ending homelessness.
> We encourage you to give them your support and check them out when you have
> the chance!
> The Halogens http://www.thehalogens.com
> The Autumn Rhythm http://www.theautumnrhythm.com
> Stereo Soul Future http://www.stereosoulfuture.com
> NPACH’s Southern Regional Office (NPACH-SRO) continues to work with
> communities across the South.  On July 6, Brad Paul visited Hattiesburg,
> Mississippi, to tour 1-2-1 Haven House, a group home which offers housing to
> persons living with HIV/AIDS.  NPACH-SRO’s visit has helped bring positive
> media attention to 1-2-1 Haven House, which in turn has resulted in a
> promise from the city of Hattiesburg for additional funding.
> http://www.npach.org/hattiesb.htm
> News from our Partners
> The Community Action Partnership and its national network of Community
> Action Agencies is hosting the “No Room for Poverty” National Rally. The
> rally will be held on September 4, 2004, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the
> Ellipse in Washington, DC (the Ellipse is between the White House and the
> Washington Monument). The rally is being held to raise the visibility of
> poverty in America and to call for a White House Conference on American
> Poverty to address the issue. The event is free and open to the general
> public. NPACH has joined with the Community Action Partnership and dozens of
> other organizations in sponsoring the event. NPACH Executive Director Brad
> Paul will be speaking at the rally.  CAP President Derrick Span’s commentary
> on the need for this rally is available online.
> http://www.npach.org/d_span.htm
> http://www.povertyrally.org/
> Barcelona to host the World Urban Forum
> The Spanish Mediterranean port city of Barcelona is preparing to receive
> some 2,000 to 3,000 delegates representing governments, local authorities,
> non-governmental organizations and other experts on urban issues from around
> the world for the second gathering of UN-HABITAT's World Urban Forum 13-17
> September 2004.
> http://www.unchs.org/wuf/2004/default.asp
> The Mental Health Association in Tulsa will hold its 10th Annual Zarrow
> Mental Health Symposium, September 29-October 1.  The Zarrow Mental Health
> Symposium is an annual conference designed to provide state-of-the-art
> research and practical information about current issues related to mental
> health and mental illness. In recognition of the Zarrow Mental Health
> Symposium celebrating its 10th year, the conference will be national in
> scope and will address the critical issues of housing and community supports
> for people with mental illness.
> http://www.mhat.org/zarrow/overview.htm
> The American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty presents
> the National Conference on Homeless Courts.  The conference will be held on
> Friday, October 8, 2004 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at
> the University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110.  More
> information and online registration can be found at:
> http://www.abanet.org/homeless/homelesscourtconference.html
> The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
> (NAEHCY) will hold their 16th Annual Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota
> October 16-19. The conference is open to all who care about ensuring school
> academic achievement and the overall success for children and youth whose
> lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate
> housing. Conference information and registration materials may be found at:
> http://www.naehcy.org/2004registration.html
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> please contact Rob Wilbanks, by e-mail at rwilbanks@npach.org, or by
> telephone at (202) 835-3054.
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