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house Bill H.R. 2790

Should Nonprofits Be Allowed To Offer Housing Assistance Through Federal Funding?

Argument in favor

Currently, nonprofits are excluded from offering rental assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) program, Continuum of Care (CoC). This bill would include nonprofits and increase the number of agencies trying to quickly re-house people experiencing homelessness.

Argument opposed

Government agencies are better equipped than nonprofits with resources and funding to handle rental assistance applications and re-housing — especially if they don't have to share funding with nonprofits. HUD probably didn't exclude nonprofits from the Continuum of Care program on accident.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed December 2nd, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJuly 23rd, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 2790?

H.R. 2790 would grant private nonprofits the authority to offer permanent housing rental assistance. 

If implemented, nonprofits would join the ranks of state and local governments and public housing agencies that can offer housing rental assistance. This new authorization would be granted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, Continuum of Care (CoC). 

CoC offers funding for efforts to quickly house homeless individuals and families to minimize trauma and dislocation.  promotes access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs; and optimizes self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


People who are seeking long-term rental assistance, non profits that would like to offer that service under the Continuum of Care Program, local and State governments and public housing agencies, and HUD.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2790

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: 

In 2013, new CoC regulations were outlined by HUD stating that only government entities would be allowed to offer rental assistance. The exclusion of nonprofits in rental assistance activities was the motivation behind H.R. 2790. 



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Housing Assistance Efficiency Act

Official Title

To authorize private nonprofit organizations to administer permanent housing rental assistance provided through the Continuum of Care Program under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and for other purposes.

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