US House Approves McKinney-Vento Reauthorization

On Thursday October 2, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the HEARTH Act, which reauthorizes and improves the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant program. Passing by a vote of 355 to 61, Congressman Jim Jordan was the only member of the Ohio Delegation to vote “No.”

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the McKinney-Vento Reauthorization bill:

**Provides new resources for rapid re-housing programs, provides funding to permanently house families and ensures that families are included in the chronic homelessness initiatives.

**Increases funding for homeless prevention of at risk individuals and individuals living in insecure housing situations.

**Includes incentives for the development of permanent supportive housing

**Grants rural communities more ways to use McKinney-Vento funding.

**Expands the definition of homelessness to include people who will be losing their housing within 14 days and also lack the resources to find housing immediately. The expanded definition will also include families and youth who regularly do not have access to stable housing.

Look for more information in the November Streetvibes.