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house Bill H.R. 5735

Should People Leaving Addiction Treatment Have Access to Transitional Housing Using Section 8 Vouchers?

Argument in favor

Transitional housing has helped many Americans leaving addiction treatment get their lives back on track. Setting aside Section 8 Housing vouchers for transitional housing non-profits to help people recovering from opioid or other substance abuse is a worthwhile pilot project.

IllWill's Opinion
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06/14/2018
Great! Now let’s also help provide housing to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are homeless right now so that we can get their lives back on track as well.
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Ollie32's Opinion
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06/14/2018
Yes. We don’t do enough to help them as is. It’s difficult enough to kick the habit , section 8 will help with the transition process.
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Alex's Opinion
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06/14/2018
When people are at there most vulnerable is when they need a hand, not paperwork and a hard time. We must act as a civilized people if we want to have a civilized society.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t hand over Section 8 housing vouchers to non-profit providers of transitional housing to help people leaving addiction treatment. Instead, the federal government should spend the money to build and operate its own transitional housing program.

Bwana's Opinion
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06/14/2018
Eligibility does no good when housing is unavailable. Section 8 housing applicants are already on a 3 year waiting list.
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Edward's Opinion
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06/14/2018
The Federal Government has no business taking money from working people to provide public housing. The Free Market can do a better job than the government
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Dara's Opinion
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06/14/2018
Here we go again...we must have the stupidest people making decisions. Privatizing housing vouchers for treatment is NOT the answer. We need to build transitional housing at or near treatment facilites where healthcare professionals can continue to monitor patients. Don’t give vouchers to wolves looking to make a buck. These patients need assistance and monitoring.
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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 June 14th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 230 Yea / 173 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedMay 9th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 5735?

This bill — known as the THRIVE Act — would create a five-year pilot program in the aimed at expanding housing options for individuals who are transitioning out of addiction treatment for opioid use or other substance abuse disorders and require additional support. The program, which would be administered by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), would set aside Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for supportive and transitional housing non-profits that have evidence-based models of recovery and life-skills training.

The number of vouchers would be the lesser of 10,000 vouchers or .05 percent of all vouchers. Eligible recipients would receive 12-24 months of assistance, after which the provider would be able to transfer the voucher assistance to a newly selected eligible recipient.

The bill’s full title is the Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act.

Impact

Eligible recipients of assistance under this bill; transitional housing non-profits; and HUD.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5735

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced this bill to expand housing options for individuals who are transitioning out of addiction treatment programs:

“It is critical that Congress do more to combat the opioid epidemic, especially in my home state of Kentucky where we have the third highest opioid overdose mortality rate in the nation... Transitional housing is a proven, evidence-based approach that has helped thousands of Americans maintain sobriety after completing rehab, gain valuable skills and job training, obtain employment, and eventually transition back into society to lead independent lives.”

This legislation passed the House Financial Services Committee on a 34-19 vote and has the support of eight cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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THRIVE Act

Official Title

To amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 to establish a demonstration program to set aside section 8 housing vouchers for supportive and transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid use disorders or other substance use disorders, and for other purposes.

    Great! Now let’s also help provide housing to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are homeless right now so that we can get their lives back on track as well.
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    Eligibility does no good when housing is unavailable. Section 8 housing applicants are already on a 3 year waiting list.
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    Big pharma should pay.
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    Yes. We don’t do enough to help them as is. It’s difficult enough to kick the habit , section 8 will help with the transition process.
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    When people are at there most vulnerable is when they need a hand, not paperwork and a hard time. We must act as a civilized people if we want to have a civilized society.
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    As a veteran, I agree with opponents who argue (basically) that we should take care of veterans as well. As a criminal justice professional, this is a "no-brainer." Just like we cannot expect to "warehouse" criminals in prison, then release them into the community and expect them to become law-abiding citizens, we also cannot send a person who has lived in the drug lifestyle and struggled with addiction to go to treatment for a number of months and then have all the resources necessary to live a sober lifestyle. Vote "yes" to this bill and then vote "yes" to a bill to support homeless veterans.
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    The Federal Government has no business taking money from working people to provide public housing. The Free Market can do a better job than the government
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    Here we go again...we must have the stupidest people making decisions. Privatizing housing vouchers for treatment is NOT the answer. We need to build transitional housing at or near treatment facilites where healthcare professionals can continue to monitor patients. Don’t give vouchers to wolves looking to make a buck. These patients need assistance and monitoring.
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    Finally great now we can help the needy get back into a home. Get get them onto track. What a great financial help for the poor and or needy.
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    The government should not be making any social welfare or services in general; since they always fail miserably. rather the christian churches aught to be used instead. plus the church has a far better track record of helping people than the government programs.
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    Nobody should get "charity" on the backs of taxpayers
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    We need to find new ways to treat addiction - our current system is not working. Try it!!
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    Failure in recovery is a result of often environmental. Lots of folks who died, did so as a result of being unable to provide themselves with a therapeutic environment.
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    Why does your charity come out of my pocket?
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    If you’re not going to help the homeless veteran situation and you’re going to allow people with pre-existing conditions to die because they can’t afford treatment or insurance, then no. No to anything else until you fix what you broke before.
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    No. Why should drug addicts get preferential treatment, ie housing? Do you know how many people are waiting for section 8 vouchers that really need it? Why should a drug addict skip to the head of the line? It's not fair.
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    People who make bad decisions in life should not be given rewards, at the expense of everyone else who is able to handle life and make correct choices.
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    No, working is good for someone trying to recover. It also builds spirit and creates investment in recovery.
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    Housing should be a right. This will help people stabilize and be less likely to use drugs in the future.
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    My doctor got me hooked on opiates and then when they decided to kick me out of their practice for smoking pot they refused drug treatment programs and even banned me from affiliated practices. Doctors are causing these problems! I got off that pharmaceutical dope by using cannabis and micro dosing LSD. Big pharma and our nations healthcare system are set on keeping us sick and their pockets full! Let them pay to clean up the mess they have created!
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