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      house Committees
      House Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2018

What is it?

This bill ― the Working Together to End Homelessness Act — would permanently reauthorize the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USCIH), an independent federal agency within the executive branch that leads the implementation of the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. Under current law, the USCIH will sunset on October 1, 2020 unless it is reauthorized by Congress.

Impact

Homeless persons; communities; the Council on Homelessness; and other federal agencies.

Cost

A CBO estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthCongressman Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced this bill to permanently reauthorize the Council on Homelessness:

“Ending homelessness is a national priority that both sides of the aisle support. However, history has shown us that increasing federal dollars alone is not enough to solve this complex issue.”

He was joined by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) in introducing the bill.

“We need to address homelessness in all populations, especially for all those who wore a uniform and our children. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has made progress, but there is till work to be done,” said Congressman Steve Stivers. “This bill ensures the USICH will have the authority to continue working to end homelessness in our country. I am proud to work with Representatives Royce, Waters, and Beatty on this legislation.”

The USICH, which was formed in 1987 to combat the homelessness epidemic that currently impacts more than 550,000 Americans, aims to:

“Coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to end homelessness.”


Media:

Summary by Lucas McConnell

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AKA

Working Together to End Homelessness Act of 2018

Official Title

To reauthorize the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and for other purposes.

    Around the world, people go about doing the same things in very different ways. Although the behaviours of cultures are different, the basic needs they are satisfying are very similar. The first and most basic of all needs are those to do with physical survival. This is the need for food, drink, shelter, sleep and oxygen. If a person cannot satisfy this basic survival need it dominates their interest and concern. A person who is cold, sick or hungry will not be very interested in socialising, learning or working.
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    We have a problem with homelessness now. If this problem is to be solved, don't throw government money at it. Learn the lesson of San Francisco. Remember, governments are always ready to spend your money, but usually shows little benefit and seeks a bigger budget. I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.
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    Bipartisan bills are extremely rare in the era of Trumpism. It is nice to see congress take up this pervasive and worsening epidemic. In the richest nation in the history of the world, 60% of it’s citizens would be wiped out by a $1000 emergency.
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    Measurement of goals should be ongoing with permanently reauthorizing the elimination of homelessness. Reports on programs is vital to gage what program is working, what needs tweaking, and what needs overhauling, should definitely be evaluated on a yearly basis. To not promote the need for providing basic care for another is like walking past a homeless person without even taking notice of their existence. We must open our eyes. The U.S. is not white picket fences or pristine green fairways all around. However they have come to their situation, the center of the homeless problem is the heart of a human being.
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    Homelessness in a country as wealthy as the US is unacceptable. Ending homelessness is not a quick fix. Not only is affordable housing required but so too is job training to insure people are employable and mental and drug treatment for those who are homeless due to mental illness or drug addiction. The goal of the program should be to address the root cause of homelessness with the long term goal of eliminating it forever.
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    You mean we've ALREADY had one in place?? Seems like a waste of money. Maybe if the federal government wasn't siphoning money out of local communities to fund some bureaucracy in Washington, people would have more means to support their own neighbors.
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    The test of a great nation is how it treats the lowest among them. No one should be homeless in a nation as rich and as powerful as the United States. It’s about time we start fighting against poverty, not poor people.
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    Yes
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    To say this is a local problem is like saying the opioid problem decimating the country is local. Both problems impact the entire nation as a whole. Although on a local efforts, some initiatives have better results and prove to decrease the problem, through this Council, these change efforts can be replicated across the broader spectrum. I wish there were more details. But having worked with homeless populations under HUD grants, I know metrics through the ‘point-in-time’ counts, help to recognize the breadth of the problem. I’m not for growing government, but efforts that address root causes are also addressed, some of which are domestic violence, Vets with PTSD, substance use/abuse, etc., and what most won’t mention, lack of affordable housing, sometimes due to states like California (increase in homelessness noted) with an overly-regulated construction industry that is producing fewer homes and driving up the costs of rental properties.
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    This is not a federal issue. The problem would be better addressed at local level since local governments will have better knowledge of the effected people, their problems, and readily available resources for them.
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    I say yes with a few reservations. First off, this newer office should be kept financially limited in the scope of encouraging and helping the states find their own resources for combating homelessness in their jurisdictions. Secondly, this office should be a sub-office of Veteran Affairs because it is mainly targeting men and women in uniforms. Thirdly, this office should be working closely with food banks and homeless shelters that are already combating the homelessness in their areas and use these methods in a national effort. I am all for helping homeless people, but the scope and energy of the Federal government was made to unite the states and have a face for the foreign nations to look at. It was not built to help and maintain the domestic integrity of each and every state, that is why there are multiple republics in this great land of ours.
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    I recently moved back to CA from WA state, to a community that I am very familiar with, a large master planned community. Today there are men sleeping in front of retail stores, on street corners near traffic lights, in washes and parks. Some clean up in faucets outside of the grocery. You can see that some of the men are lost veterans, others are simply lost. All are Americans. WE must do what we can to set this right. Account for it, measure it, get it done. And for all u small government folks, why didn’t u say hell no to Trumps Multi BILLION$ Space Force. #PeopleFirst because they’re PEOPLE.
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    This is a local problem and needs to be addressed locally. Every city has different issues related to homelessness. That’s why local solutions are the practical approach. However much more research is needed on this social issue from PSTD to addiction and other psychopathology resulting in homelessness. The issue of parents kicking their kids out of their home can only be managed locally.
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    HOMELESSNESS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN A DEMOCRACY. IT IS A SIGN OF POLITICAL SICKNESS.
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    All Councils should require periodic review and reauthorization. Anything made permanent within a government bureaucracy will eventually exist for its own sake, losing the imperative for which it was created.
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    Any time we permanently expand government, there is no way to reverse it. This would create an agency whose own existence would be predicated on having a population of homeless. Much like the war on poverty is a moving target that ignores improvement, this agency would work at counter purpose to ensure its own survival.
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    Homelessness is a problem. We need to try to stop it.
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    “Home Sweet Home”...so many of us are so fortunate to enjoy the meaning of those words. Yet, there remains millions more living on the streets-alone, and together in their own plight or even their own choice of living. We must do all we can to offer these fellow countrymen/women, the opportunity to live beyond this level of existence. They will always be with us.
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    This is a local issue constitutionly, and in common sense. One fix doesn't work in every community. Here, religious organizations handle the problem, and the community supports it. The government never fixed any problem. They're more likely to create them.
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    No. The last thing we need is another ineffectual yet curiously costly government “program” no matter how well intentioned. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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